Policy Dialogue Highlights Social and Political Progress in China

27 Mar 2012

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Identifying China’s achievements in social and political reform over the last 30 years was at the heart of a UNDP Policy Dialogue led by Professor Yu Keping of the China Centre for Comparative Politics and Economics and the Central Compilation and Translation Bureau. Such changes were discussed in the context of the transformation that they have had on China and the world, as well as the paradox that exists between China’s tremendous development achievements and the need to further improve and reform in the future.

After some opening remarks on these topics, Prof. Yu identified areas that will be of particular importance to China’s future development, including the current economic structure, uneven development, social stability and corruption. This was followed by the identification of eight national strategies that hold the key to solving these pressing issues. First, he drew attention to the merits of building a Xiaokang (moderately prosperous society), followed by reference to scientific development; harmonious social development and social management; balanced rural-urban development; a low-carbon economy and civilisation; political reform; equality, freedom, democracy and the rule of law, and the realisation of an innovative state.

The presentation was followed by discussions among the various UN agencies and academics in attendance, which crucially sought to apply these principles to current affairs. Examples discussed ranged from a discussion on the concept of social management, to lessons from Chongqing and Wukan, and the need to establish a clear Xiaokang indicator system.