China’s people-centered philosophy is not a superficial slogan, but a principle that has guided the fight against COVID-19 in the country and guided efforts to save every life at all costs.
More than 39 million Chinese Communist Party (CCP) members have fought the epidemic on the front lines, and more than 13 million people have volunteered their services. Nearly 400 CPC members sacrificed their lives to save others.
United as one, the Chinese people have followed social distancing rules and hygiene guidelines, making the country one of the best performing countries in the world at containing the virus.
This is just one example that demonstrates China’s commitment to a people-centered development philosophy and its constant efforts to improve people’s livelihoods.
People-centered philosophy rooted in history
From 57 members represented by 13 deputies in 1921 at the first National Congress, the CPC has grown into a 91 million strong entity that governs a country of 1.4 billion people.
A people-centered philosophy has been the key to the CCP’s success in its 100-year history.
“People are the creators of history. They are the fundamental force that determines our Party and the future of the country,” said Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee.
The CCP has developed a socialism with Chinese characteristics and has never stopped putting the welfare and wishes of the people above anything else. This has led the country to effectively overcome obstacles on the path to development and achieved a tremendous transformation, moving from the ability to grow, become stronger and ultimately become the world’s second-largest economy.
China contributes to poverty reduction and global food security
The people-centered philosophy also serves as a compass in the process of China’s overall development and commitment to the world.
As COVID-19 continues to ravage the world, many countries have restricted grain exports, putting the global food supply chain at great risk.
According to the latest figures released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the number of people facing acute food insecurity reached 155 million in 2020, the highest in five years.
Meanwhile, China has done its part to achieve global food security by reducing grain imports and moderately increasing wheat and rice exports, as the country recorded a bumper harvest for the 17th consecutive year in 2020. .
China continues to provide assistance to other developing countries within the framework of South-South cooperation and to promote the rational development of the world food industry.
Despite the adverse internal and external conditions posed by the pandemic, China has met its poverty reduction target on schedule by the end of 2020, with nearly 100 million people shaken off poverty in the past eight years .
According to the 14th five-year plan (2021-2025) for national economic and social development and long-term goals until 2035.
“Ensuring that the people enjoy a happy life is the ultimate goal of all our work and is an important manifestation of our Party’s fundamental goal of serving the people wholeheartedly,” Xi said. He constantly urged CCP members to stay true to the Party’s founding mission, which is to serve the people.
“No matter how far we have traveled … we will never forget the past and will never forget why we started our journey in the first place.”