China at 70.


Byline: Muhammad Asif Noor

People's Republic of China will be celebrating its glorious 70th Anniversary of the founding of the country on 1 October with spectacular festivities across the country and abroad wherever the Chinese diaspora is living. The foundation was officially proclaimed by Chinese Communist Party's chairman Mao Zedong on 1 October 1949 at Tiananmen Square in Beijing. It was historic moment of pride for the countrymen especially after the end of the long civil war, deaths and destruction from 1927 till 1949.

China with having population of more than 1 billion and gigantic current GDP of $27.331 trillion, is a miraculous transformation from a poor agrarian society into world's most powerful and largest economies. After 40 years of reforms period and hard work with dedication, the country has opened to the world with global ambitions of peaceful co-existence, shared prosperity and common destiny. The launch of mammoth project of the century Belt and Road Initiative, People's Republic of China is leading from the front at the global stage.

Chinese people well deserve all these celebrations. The country has changed face of the development, growth with rapidness and sustainability, helping to reduce the world's poverty. China is now on the path to realise the grand Chinese dream as coined by the President Xi Jinping to build a moderately prosperous society and realise national rejuvenation in the coming future. Over the past 70 years, Pakistan and China celebrated their friendship at all levels. For any country, completing seven decades of independence, there is always time to reflect on the achievements and challenges on the way.

The journey from independence till 1 October 2019 was not an easy ride for Chinese people. At the time of the announcement of the independence in 1949, China begin its journey towards a rejuvenated rebirth after the ruins of the end of civil war. At the time of independence Chinese GDP was only merely few billion dollars with per capita was bare minimum. Chinese people were living in abject poverty with hardly surviving with nothing or less food and clothing. In 1950s, the new regime established a central government to reunify the country inspired from the Soviet model. Based on the experience of past and the revolution, a centralized system was established.

With mobilization of the national resources, industrialization program was set up. The main goal of the government was to rebuild and recover...

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