Xi Jinping delivers a report to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on behalf of the 18th Central Committee of the CPC at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Oct. 18, 2017. The CPC opened the 19th National Congress at the Great Hall of the People Wednesday morning. (Xinhua/Li Tao)
The Communist Party of China (CPC) is holding its most important meeting in five years to chart the future course of the country at a time when the world is beset with challenges and disorder.
Globalization has been facing hurdles while protectionism and populism are rising. Nearly a decade after the 2008 global financial crisis, the world economy is still grappling with uncertain long-term outlooks. Global confidence in a strong future growth has yet to find a solid foundation.
Against the backdrop of violence in Iraq and Syria, although Islamic State militants are losing, lone-wolf attacks have emerged as the new face of terrorism. The age of pervasive social media has made it unprecedentedly convenient for extremist groups to recruit, plot and strike.
These symptoms all point to a graver crisis -- the ever widening global deficit in peace, governance and development.