Interview: China can build moderately prosperous society by 2020 -- Russian expert

MOSCOW, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- China has undertaken a successful development path which would result in the timely building of a moderately prosperous society in all aspects by 2020, a Russian expert told Xinhua in a recent interview.

With only five years to go before the deadline of the first of China's Two Centenary Goals, even though the Chinese economy would grow at a relatively lower pace as China's economy has entered the stage of a "new normal," China would reach the goal, said Alexander Lomanov, a professor at the Russian Academy of Sciences and a researcher at the Moscow-based Far East Institute.

As steps toward the "Chinese Dream" calling for the rejuvenation of the Asian country, the Two Centenary Goals refer to finishing building a moderately prosperous society in all respects by the time the Communist Party of China celebrates its centenary in 2021; and turning China into a modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, and harmonious by the time the People's Republic of China celebrates its centenary in 2049.

In Lomanov's opinion, China's achievements in promoting its economic growth have changed the economic landscape worldwide, and corrected the misconception that the Western mode of development is the only path for all the developing countries.

Chinese leaders have determined the correct major policies, and the Chinese people should abide by these policies that would lead them toward economic prosperity and social justice.

In the next 10 to 15 years, Lomanov predicted that there's a possibility that China could turn into the largest economy in the world, with its per capita income gradually catching up with those of developed countries.

In the middle of this century, China's per capita income would approach or even surpass that of the moderately developed European countries, but it still lags behind that of the United States, the Russian expert predicted.

Both China and Russia would enjoy long-term stability and development in the next few decades, the Russian researcher said, adding that the two countries should collaborate to establish an unbiased global governance system which is not dominated by one country.

If circumstances permit, China and Russia could find many opportunities to work together on economic projects, not only on the bilateral level, but also on the regional level.

Next to efforts to develop its economy, China should also improve the life quality of its people, especially as regards the environment, as residents of big Chinese cities plagued with pollution are in need of clean water and air, Lomanov said.

[ Editor: 刘家铭 ]


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