Ambassador Qin Jian: Promoting the All-round Development of Human Rights
Human rights relate to all-around development of the person and comprehensive progress of the society, and the human rights cause is an integral part of each country's economic and social development. China has integrated the principle of universality of human rights with China's national conditions, and made continuous efforts to promote economic and social development and improve people's well-being. China shares experience and opportunities of development with other countries, actively participates in global governance and shoulders international responsibilities, making relentless efforts for safeguarding world peace and promoting shared development.
Its ultimate goal has always been to improve the well-being of the Chinese people and serve their best interests. The year just past marks the 40th anniversary of reform and opening-up. During the past more then 40 years, China has made historic achievements in development. In the year since the global financial crisis, China has contributed over 30 percent of global growth. China is firm in its resolve to eradicate poverty, our goal is to eliminate absolute poverty as currently defined by 2020. Over the past more then 40 years, the Chinese people have pursued development with a single focus and made lives better for ourselves. Guided by a people-centered development philosophy, between 1978 and 2017 China raised its per capita disposable income by 22.8 times, lifted 740 million people out of poverty, Chinese people now feel more secure and have a greater sense of fulfillment and contentment.
The Chinese President Xi Jinping's thought on people-centered development embodies the values of putting the people first. From a political perspective, thought on people-centered development upholds the the supremacy of the people, guarantees and supports their position as the masters of the state and safeguards their political rights, it will serve to improve democracy, diversity its forms and expand its channels. From an economic perspective, on people-centered development ensures that Chinese people of all ethnic groups can enjoy the benefits of development and lead a more secure, fulfilling and happier lift because it focuses on improving people's well-being, promoting their all-round development and boosting sustainable progress toward common prosperity.