The 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China has just concluded
with the new generation of Chinese leadership coming to fore, making headlines
in the world media. As China’s Ambassador to Israel, I have an obligation to
update the Israeli public on developments in China and explain what they mean
A Party Congress of historic significance The importance of
the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China cannot be
overemphasized. This is a historic moment, because China now stands at a
Since the Reform and Open policy was launched more
than 30 years ago, China has achieved the extraordinary.
No country in
human history has industrialized so fast and on such a scale. Over the past
decade, China has grown from the world’s sixth largest economy to the second
largest and is currently at the stage of its most prosperous period since
That being said, China remains a developing country. China’s GDP
per capita was only $5,432 last year, ranking 89th in the world, only one sixth
of Israel’s. 128 million people in China still live in poverty, or in other
words, on one dollar per day. China’s capacity for innovation is weak,
especially compared with Israel.
In a globalized world, China’s
development does have ramifications.
Because of its size and influence,
China’s decisions do carry weight. Where is China heading? What path is China
going to take? How will a fast developing China use its growing power and
influence? These questions are asked not only by the Chinese people at home but
by people abroad, and then the Party Congress comes along, and gives the
Roadmap to China’s future The Party Congress steers a clear
course for China’s further development.
The Party has vowed to usher in a
more prosperous society in China by 2021 when the Party turns 100 years old. In
addition, it has vowed to turn China into a modernized socialist nation being
rich, democratic, civic and harmonious by 2049, the year the People’s Republic
of China celebrates its 100th anniversary.
These are China’s two
strategic goals in the medium and long term.
Domestically, in order to
promote economic, political, cultural, social and ecological progress toward
these strategic goals, the priorities identified by the Party for the upcoming
years are as follows: • The economy should maintain sustained and sound
On the basis of making China’s development much more
balanced, coordinated and sustainable, China will double its 2010 GDP and per
capita income for both urban and rural residents by 2020. The creation of a new
growth model will be sped up. This will make economic development driven more by
domestic demand, especially consumer demand, by a modern service industry and
strategic emerging industries, by scientific and technological progress,
• People’s democracy should be expanded. The rule of law will be
fully implemented. Judicial credibility steadily enhanced. Human rights fully
respected and protected. Active and prudent efforts made to carry out the reform
of the political structure to ensure the people conduct democratic elections,
decision-making, administration and oversight in accordance with the
• The country’s cultural soft power should be improved
The cultural industry will become one of the pillars of
the national economy, laying a solid basis to build China into a cultural
• Living standards should be fully raised. Equal access to basic
public services will be generally achieved.
The educational level of the
entire population will be significantly raised, and training of innovative
professionals markedly improved.
• Major progress should be made in
building a resource-conserving and environmentally friendly
China is committed to green, circular and low-carbon
To make the above-mentioned goals achieved, China will keep
on the path it has taken for the past several years. This path focuses on
economic development. It puts people first. It promotes comprehensive,
coordinated and sustainable development.
It upholds social equity and
justice, and protects people’s democratic rights.
On foreign policy, for
the sake of world peace and development, China will unswervingly follow the path
of peaceful development and firmly pursue an independent foreign policy of
peace. China will unwaveringly follow a win-win strategy of opening up and
promote robust, sustainable and balanced growth of the global economy through
China opposes hegemonism and power politics in all
their forms and will never seek hegemony or engage in expansion. China also
opposes terrorism in all its manifestations.
Unique opportunities for
Israel The year 2012 is not only a historic year for China, but for Sino-Israeli
relations. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of our
The Sino-Israeli relationship is in its best-ever shape,
with ever more frequent exchanges at various levels and ever-expanding and
deepening pragmatic cooperation in all fields.
China is now Israel’s
third largest trading partner globally, and the biggest trading partner in Asia.
With the hope of establishing a Free Trade Area in the future, the two-way trade
will bring more benefits to our peoples in the years to come.
priorities set by the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China
offer Israel unprecedented opportunities. China is now undergoing a process of
historic transformation and development.
Israel, as a pioneer in
innovation, a paragon of start-up nations, and an important trading partner of
China in this region, does have a role to play in the process.
scientific and technological field where Israel enjoys special advantages as an
example. China is now developing new strategic industries energetically. In the
energy conservation and environmental protection industry, the focus is on the
development of key technological equipment for efficient energy conservation,
advanced environmental protection and resource recycling, products and
In the new-generation IT industry, the focus is on the
development of new-generation mobile communication, new-generation Internet,
threenetwork convergence, Internet of things, cloud computing, IC, new displays,
high-end software, highend servers and information services.
biological industry, the focus is on the development of biopharmaceuticals,
biomedical engineering products, bio-agriculture and biomanufacturing.
the new-energy automobile industry, the focus is on the development of plug-in
hybrid electric vehicles, pure electric vehicles and fuel cell automobile
I can’t find a field in which Israel is not competitive!
Israeli hi-tech products and technology enjoy broad prospects in China. Once
Israeli enterprises in the high added-value business find their niche in China’s
economic restructuring, they will gain more orders, profits and market share in
I believe our complementary advantages can, should and will be
translated into our mutually beneficial cooperation and common development. A
prosperous China is good for Israel, and a thriving Israel is good for China
too. I am convinced that so long as we commit ourselves to the win-win
cooperation, the future of Sino-Israeli relations will be much
The author is ambassador of China to Israel.