China News Service, Beijing, March 2: Title: Reforms are better and the level of openness is higher

  China News Service reporter Nie Zhixin and Tang Weijie

  Recently, all walks of life in China, especially the business community, have paid tribute to Zong Qinghou, a private entrepreneur who just passed away.

From "grassroots" to "the richest man", his legendary life of entrepreneurship and wealth creation has provided a wonderful and concrete explanation for China's reform and opening up.

With the National Two Sessions approaching, a new chapter in reform and opening up and new developments in the private economy are bound to become the focus of topics.

  On the second working day after the Spring Festival holiday, the Comprehensive Deepening Reform Committee of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China held the "First Meeting of the New Year" and emphasized "persisting in using reform and opening up as a key strategy to solve development problems and cope with risks and challenges on the way forward."

And pointed out that "this year is another important year for comprehensively deepening reforms."

The outside world has keenly captured this information and believes that one of China's core keywords in 2024 will still be "reform."

Data map: Red flags flying in Tiananmen Square.

Photo by China News Service reporter Liu Zhankun

  "We must persist in relying on reform and opening up to enhance the endogenous driving force of development, and coordinate the promotion of deep reforms and high-level opening up." At the end of last year, on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of China's reform and opening up, China's annual highest-level economic work conference emphasized this .

  This meeting set the tone for economic development in 2024 and listed "deepening reforms in key areas" and "expanding high-level opening up" as key tasks. It also "named" actions to deepen and improve the reform of state-owned enterprises, optimize the development environment of private enterprises, and eliminate local protection and market "Hard bones" such as segmentation, and efforts must be made at high-level opening levels such as relaxing market access for the service industry, promoting institutional opening, and solving the issue of equal participation of foreign companies in government procurement.

  Whether it is the governance philosophy emphasized by high-level officials or the commemoration of influential figures in reform and opening up, one fact is clear: Reform and opening up is a key move that determines the fate of contemporary China.

Currently, facing the proposition of the new era, this key trick remains unchanged.

It is necessary and inevitable to move to a new node and plan a new chapter that builds on the past and opens up the future.

  The aforementioned meeting of the Central Committee for Deepening Reform emphasized that “reform measures must have a clear direction and be aimed at solving the most prominent problems. The reform flavor must be strong and of sufficient quality.” It must “focus on the institutional obstacles that hinder the smooth advancement of Chinese-style modernization.” , to "focus on solving the most critical and urgent problems."

In the early spring of the Year of the Dragon, the land of China is busy with work, and the New Year's deployments at all levels and in all fields are very problem-oriented.

Data map: A cargo ship is loading and unloading at the Pacific International Container Terminal in Tianjin Port.

(Drone photo) Photo by China News Service reporter Tong Yu

  When China's State Council carried out New Year mobilization, it emphasized "persistence in using reform methods to solve problems in progress and the courage to break thinking stereotypes and path dependence."

At the same time, at the recent executive meeting, we directly went into specific matters related to opening up and studied policy measures to attract and utilize more foreign investment.

  The Spring Festival holiday has not yet ended, and the Chinese Foreign Minister has already shuttled to the diplomatic stage of international conferences and declared on multiple occasions that China will continue to expand institutional opening-up, and the door of opening-up will only open wider.

  Since last year, China has continued to optimize visa and other policies to facilitate the exchange of Chinese and foreign personnel.

On Lunar New Year's Eve, it was also announced to expand visa-free entry into Hainan for people from some countries.

During this year’s Spring Festival holiday, more than 13 million Chinese and foreign personnel entered and exited the country, an increase of 2.8 times compared with the same period in 2023.

  The State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council has promoted the revitalization of AI-enabled industries, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development has accelerated the implementation of the urban real estate financing coordination mechanism, the Ministry of Justice has accelerated the legislative process of the Private Economy Promotion Law, and the China Securities Regulatory Commission has held a series of symposiums to listen to opinions and suggestions... Since the start of construction in the New Year, the country Ministries and commissions are taking action frequently.

Data map: New energy vehicle frames are transported on an automatic conveyor belt.

Photo by China News Service reporter Wang Gang

  Looking at the recent "First Meeting of the New Year" held in various places and the two local meetings before the Spring Festival, from the southeastern coastal areas to the central and western regions, reform and opening up have become high-frequency words.

  Beijing and Guangdong focus on high-quality economic development, focusing on technological innovation and the development of new productive forces; Shanghai aims at the "highest standards and highest levels" and has made long-term achievements in creating a world-class business environment; Zhejiang builds on the "big talent concept" An army of Chinese-style modernization builders; Chongqing proposed to build a new land-sea corridor in the west at a high level and create an inland open highland...

  When the new generation takes over the baton from their parents, the legend of private enterprise entrepreneurship will be upgraded and continued.

And China's more substantial reforms and higher-level opening-up will also have richer and more vivid stories.

It is foreseeable that specific issues of current reform and opening up, such as the reform of state-owned enterprises, the growth of private enterprises, new drivers of foreign trade, and the business environment, will be intensively presented at the two sessions of the country.

New topics such as high-quality development, new productivity, common prosperity, and institutional opening will also be further elaborated, consensus gathered, and paths clarified.