Located in southeastern China, Zhejiang has long been famed for its splendid culture and ingenious people. A century ago, the Communist Party of China (CPC) was founded in a small boat on the South Lake of Jiaxing, Zhejiang, and from there it set sail and went on to lead the entire country. The province is also recognized as an important birthplace of the Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, because General Secretary Xi Jinping initiated and implemented the Double Eight Strategy during his tenure in Zhejiang.
Since the 19th CPC National Congress, under the strong leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core, the people in Zhejiang have pursued development with a pioneering spirit and a down-to-earth approach. Through relentless efforts, the province has achieved high-quality development and high-standard social governance. Taking the people-centered approach, Zhejiang has applied the new development philosophy and created a new development pattern to meet the fundamental goal of satisfying people’s aspiration for a better life. With an open and dynamic economy, an enabling business environment, sound ecological conservation, and well-coordinated urban and rural development, Zhejiang has become an important window into the strengths of socialism with Chinese characteristics in a new era.
Zhejiang is at the forefront of digital reform, highlighting the CPC’s resolve to advance reform and innovation. It is promoting smart governance across CPC and government bodies, and advancing digital government, digital society and digital rule of law throughout the province, making it an emerging global hub of digital transformation and changing our way of production and life in a profound way. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Zhejiang also applied digital technologies --- combining “the map, the code and the index” --- to achieve effective prevention and control and an early economic reopening. Digital technology has also boosted our efforts to modernize the governance system and capacity.
Zhejiang strives to be a beautiful garden province, highlighting the CPC’s commitment to ecological conservation and green development. The philosophy that lush mountains and lucid waters are invaluable assets was originated in Zhejiang. Its Green Rural Revival Program won the UN Champions of the Earth Award. With first-rate ecological conservation, Zhejiang was the first to be designated the “green province” in China. It is also moving fast towards the goals of achieving peak carbon dioxide emissions and carbon neutrality. Thanks to these efforts, fascinating landscape can be found everywhere in urban and rural areas and green has become the hallmark of the province.
Zhejiang is the demonstration of common prosperity, highlighting the CPC’s leadership on uniting the nation and delivering a better life for all. Zhejiang’s per capita urban and rural disposable incomes ranked the first among all provinces and autonomous regions for 20 and 36 consecutive years respectively. Rural residents also have access to quality medical and cultural services in their villages. Each small step of improvement achieved through solid efforts, is recognized by the people. With a strong sense of mission, Zhejiang is now exploring a new path of all-round human development and social progress, promoting profound social changes, and striving for higher-standard development after achieving moderate prosperity in all respects to ensure that our people share more fully and fairly in the gains of development.
Going forward, under the strong leadership of the CPC, Zhejiang will stay true to its original mission, conscientiously implement the Double Eight Strategy and put people’s wellbeing front and center. It will celebrate the centenary of the CPC with redoubled efforts to be the showcase of the institutional strengths of China and to become a prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious and beautiful province.