Scientific Outlook on Development
After the 16th National Congress of the CPC (held in Beijing, November 8-14, 2002), Chinese Communists, with Hu Jintao as their chief representative, acquired an in-depth understanding of and found answers to such major questions as what kind of development they should seek to achieve under the new conditions and how to achieve it. From this, they developed the Scientific Outlook on Development, which is people-oriented and calls for comprehensive, balanced and sustainable development. The Scientific Outlook on Development puts development as the primary task; the principle of putting people first at the core; comprehensive, balanced and sustainable development as the basic requirement; and conducting unified planning, taking all factors into consideration as its basic approach.
At the 18th National Congress of the CPC (held in 2012), the Scientific Outlook on Development, together with Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory and the important thought of Three Represents, was designated as a long-term guiding thought of the Party.