Comprising more than 60 tasks, 16 parts and 20,000 words, the Decision on Major Issues Concerning Comprehensively Deepening Reforms was passed at the close of the Third Plenary Session of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
With more than 300 fields involved, the decision sketched a clear roadmap as well as a timetable for reform. As a comprehensive, in-depth reform in this new historical period, it is no less significant than the one 35 years ago.
At that time, China's reform and opening up began with the economic system, leading China along a path of rapid economic development. China embraced big improvements in social development, people's livelihood as well as international influence. The economic miracle also stimulated reforms in the political system and cultural arena.
Today, the reform goes even wider and deeper, concerning economic, political, social, cultural, ecological, legal and national defense circles. Reform and opening up was the key choice that decided the fate of China and ushered it onto the path of modernization. Now comprehensively deepening the reform will help the country become a well-off society in an all-around way and fulfill national revitalization.
The decision demonstrates that the CPC views the reform as a systematic, overall cause that demands coordination. In addition to sustained, steady economic development, Chinese society will embrace a more open attitude to seek progress in politics, democracy and rule by law, improved livelihood of the people, and a more harmonious relationship between ecological protection and economic development. This will be a boon for the international community while helping the Chinese economy and furthering the integration of Chinese society into the world.