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China 13th Five-Year Plan ep.1: Dev't blueprint for a moderately prosperous society


05-01-2016 13:04 BJT

Revitalizing the old industrial Northeast is part of the country's development blueprint for the next five years. The 13th Five-Year Plan for Economic and Social Development will guide the world's second largest economy towards achieving a moderately prosperous society in all aspects. Starting today, CCTV News presents a special series on the five-year plan. The first episode looks at the highlights.

China's 13th Five-Year Plan, the country's economic and social development blueprint for the following five years, has drawn global attention. It shows the world how the second largest economy intends to realize steady growth over the next five years.

Among the 25 major targets put forward in the draft, per capita labor productivity is underlined for the first time. It demonstrates the average volume of GDP created by one person per year. China's current per capita labor productivity is 87 thousand yuan. This will increase by 6.6 percent annually to finally reach over 120 thousand yuan by 2020. This target shows that China will focus on more efficient growth with higher quality over next five years.

To realize such growth, the 13th Five-Year Plan highlights an innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared development mode. "Innovation-driven" development is also put to the fore. It becomes another major aspect of the government's work in parallel to economic development, people's livelihood and social welfare, and environment and natural resources.

The following indexes directly indicating a country's innovation capability will have increased remarkably in China by 2020. The number of patents per ten thousand people will have increased by nearly 100 percent, from current 6.3 to 12 percent. The contribution of scientific and technological advances toward economic growth is expected to grow from current 55.3 percent to 60, much closer to developed world levels. In addition, both fixed and mobile broadband will cover 30 percent more Chinese territory. The development of the internet will not only make people's lives more convenient, but also help to inspire more new technologies, industries and entrepreneurs.

Next five years will also see a tremendous improvement in people's livelihoods and social welfare benefits. Seven of the major targets point to the short slabs in China's socio-economic structure, including poverty alleviation, education, aged care and employment. Nearly 56 million rural poor glimpse hope as the 13th Five-Year Plan includes a poverty alleviation roadmap for them. The government also plans to rebuild 20 million housing units in rundown urban areas.

The plan also sets new targets to improve air quality. By 2020, the quality of air in cities at and above the prefectural level will have to be good or excellent for 80 percent of the year. Cities which fail to meet this requirement must ensure the density of fine particulate matter or PM 2.5 has been lowered by 18 percent.

The blueprint has been drawn up, and China, like a huge liner, has set sail towards its goal of completing building a society that is moderately prosperous in all aspects.

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