Cheng Li of Brookings Hails the 3rd Plenum
   2013-11-14 19:06:03    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Sun Wanming
 

Dr. Cheng Li, a renowned expert on China studies at the Brookings Institution, says the communique issued after the 3rd Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee is encouraging. Detailed reform measures to be followed will accelerate the country's economic and social transformation.

Our Washington correspondent Xiaohong has more.

Dr. Cheng Li says the 3rd Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee is of historical significance as it had provided a roadmap for China's economic reform in the next few years.

"It's very much in line with President Xi Jinping's Chinese Dream. On one hand is the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. And at the same time, probably more important, is to promote middle class, allowing people from the lower class to move up to middle class."

Dr. Li says, China is at a critical moment as the previous development model that heavily relied on export and cheap labor cost must be ended. Instead, the country is shifting towards developing innovative and services industries. The just-concluded 3rd plenum and detailed measures to be announced in following weeks will great accelerate such a transformation. And the growing middle class will provide another strong boost.

He noticed that the communique issued after the meeting has stressed the decisive role of the market, indicating further opening-up and reforms in this sector. He is quite optimistic about the future.

"I do see this is a wonderful opportunity. This is another turning point in China's economic development. If in the previous decade we did not see the expansion of the middle class, this is the beginning of another wave of private sector development. There is no question about that. Because party leadership embraced the idea. This is being seen as a mandate of Xi Jinping administration."

Dr. Li adds, implementation of the reform measures will be key to the success of the transformation.

For CRI, I'm Xiaohong in Washington.

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