Strategy for Sustainable Development
China has a large population and limited resources. Ever since the policy of reform and opening up was initiated, the Party Central Committee and the State Council have been attaching great importance to the issue of sustainable development. China’s Agenda 21 adopted by the State Council in March 1994 reconfirmed the imperative to promote sustainable development.
A sustainable development strategy was identified in the report to the 19th CPC National Congress as one of the seven strategies for realizing the goal of building a moderately prosperous society.
Underpinning this strategy is the concept of coordination and interaction between social, economic, demographic and environmental progresses. The strategy covers ecological, economic and social sustainability. It promotes economic development while protecting natural resources and the environment. It aims to improve the wellbeing of the people, and to ensure that the needs of the present generation are met without compromising the chance and potential of future generations.