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The seriousness of a promise by a statesman does not lie in how it is delivered but whether it relates to what people really need.
The newly elected Standing Committee of the 18th Politburo of the Communist Party of China met the press on November 15.
Handed the baton by their predecessors, they demonstrated a strong sense of vitality with their speeches, smiles and appearance.
Chinese people have been happy and excited to see the steady transfer of power in the CPC. Great achievements in the past 30 years have proved the successful helmsmanship of the Party, which has been inherited by the new leaders, as testified to in the first speech delivered by the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the CPC, Xi Jinping.
He said: “Our people have an ardent love for life. They wish to have better education, more stable jobs, more income, greater social security, better medical and health care, improved housing conditions and a better environment, and we have taken on this important responsibility for the Party. Our Party is dedicated to serving the people.”
The word “people” appears more than 10 times in his short speech. The fact he said people's pursuit for a better life is what the CPC strives for also reassures Chinese people of the new leadership's determination to serve their interests.
The people's pursuit of a better life is an indefinite one. So the CPC has embarked on a very difficult and endless journey of struggle. The new leadership knows that rapid development has brought great economic achievements to China, but does not necessarily translate into a happy society if problems of social justice and fairness are not addressed well.
The new leaders' tasks may be more daunting than those of their predecessors, because they must realize a fairer distribution of public resources, national wealth and public services. None of the following challenges they face are easy: education, medical services, social insurance, taxation reform, food safety and ecological degradation. But all of them concern a better standard of living for the people.
More importantly, the CPC must address some of its own problems in this process as well. These are interwoven with people's pursuit of a better life and their attitude to the ruling party. The problems include corruption, abuse of power, formalism and bureaucracy, as Xi said in his speech.
If the CPC cannot solve these problems, it will be almost impossible to please the people.
We have seen the resolve and heard the promises. It is time to translate the resolve into concrete actions to realize the promises.
Translated by Li Yang from Beijing News Daily