China’s economy enjoys huge space for further development

Zhang Baozhen, a farmer in Lujiang county, east China’s Anhui province, harvests Chinese toon in her greenhouse on April 10, 2019. Zhang reaps a bumper harvest from about 0.27 hectares of Chinese toon fields, earning nearly 80,000 yuan this year. Photo: People’s Daily Online

Zhang Baozhen, a farmer in Lujiang county, east China’s Anhui province, harvests Chinese toon in her greenhouse on April 10, 2019. Zhang reaps a bumper harvest from about 0.27 hectares of Chinese toon fields, earning nearly 80,000 yuan this year. Photo: People’s Daily Online

When Beijing was about to embrace the warmness of the spring but still suffering from the lingering coldness, the Chinese toon, a leafy vegetable produced in southwestern provinces of Sichuan and Yunnan had already hit the dining tables of the Beijingers. Dazhu county of Sichuan, once known for its lush bamboos, is now making a profit from off-season toon growing. This case sends a signal that Chinese economy enjoys huge space for further development. On one hand, the consumption upgrading is creating new demands, driving supply-side reform in the agricultural sector and helping rural areas become better-off. On the other hand, the great progress made in transportation and logistics industries has led to in-depth restructuring of supply chains of agricultural products between rural and urban areas.

 

In addition, though obvious development gaps and imbalances exist between urban and rural areas and between eastern, central and western China, the Chinese economy is seeing great complementarity and synergy effect. They are creating huge development potential and expanding ampler room of maneuver. China has 40 years of experiences in reform and opening up, the largest group of middle-income earners, the most complete industrial chain, the synergetic development of new industrialization, informatization, urbanization and agricultural modernization, as well as the increasingly powerful implementation of the reform and opening up in the new era. These have nurtured great resilience and tremendous room of maneuver for Chinese economy.

 

China has not only the confidence and composure, but also conditions and capability to ensure steady and long-term economic growth. A far-reaching insight into the major pillars of the country’s economic development, such as industrial restructuring, consumption upgrading, coordinated regional development, integrated urban-rural development, and human resources, will help create broader space for China’s economic progress. The broader development space is ensured by China’s market size and institutional strengths. The country has nearly 1.4 billion people, 900 million laborers, 800 million internet users, more than 100 million market entities, and over 170 million people who have received higher education or possess professional skills. The market space and human resources with “100 million” as the unit has unlocked tremendous development potential. From the building of a beautiful China to the building of a healthy China, from building China into a science and technology giant to building a smart society, and from promoting equitable access to basic public services to improving rural living environments, China, as the world’s largest laboratory for economic, social and political reform, is constantly renewing the knowledge of people around the world on modernization paths and development philosophy. As long as the country keeps its composure and adopts stable policies, it will enjoy both opportunities and potential for further development.

 

The broader development space is a result of China’s sustained efforts to comprehensively deepen reform and expand opening up. The overall layout of the country’s reform and opening up has improved since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, creating strong driving forces for high-quality development. This can be fully demonstrated by the Belt and Road Initiative, the coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, the Yangtze River Economic Belt, the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and the integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta region. Through comprehensively deepening reform, China has created a business environment that is market-oriented, and features the rule of law and internationalization. U.S. car manufacturer Tesla is building its gigafactory in Shanghai, and German automaker BMW will have its third factory in Shenyang, northeast China’s Liaoning province. China’s first foreign-controlled brokerage and first wholly-owned insurance holding company by a foreign insurer were approved successively. The all-round opening up has stimulated the free flow of factors of production and improved efficiency of allocation of resources. China’s reform and opening up has also promoted the deep integration of domestic and international markets and created a broader space for its economic development. As a Chinese saying goes, the more you know, the more you can do; the more you do, the better you know. It is China that holds the key to coping with the changing situation and possesses the strongest endogenous power for its own development.

 

By Li Bin

(People’s Daily)

 

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