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China offers enlightenment for world’s human rights undertakings
December 06,2016   By:People’s Daily
Dec. 6, 2016 -- The Chinese government on Thursday issued a white paper on the right to development, expounding on its philosophy, practice and contribution in this field. By doing so, China is offering enlightenment for world’s human rights undertakings, the People’s Daily said in a commentary on Friday.
 
The white paper, issued by China's State Council Information Office and titled "The Right to Development: China's Philosophy, Practice and Contribution," also briefs on China’s achievements and contributions in ensuring the right to development.
 
Following is a full translation of the article:
 
“Development is a universal human theme, providing for people's basic needs and giving them hope for better life. The right to development is an inalienable human right, symbolizing dignity and honor,” the white paper released by China's State Council Information Office states.
 
The paper, titled “The Right to Development: China’s Philosophy, Practice and Contribution”, was issued on the 30th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Right to Development. The white paper introduces China's efforts and contribution to guarantee the right to development, and elaborates the country's philosophy and mechanisms in this regard in a systematic manner.
 
What’s more, the document highlights China's respect to human rights, provides the world with enlightenment for the progress of human right protection, and conveys China's staunch resolution to guarantee the right to development and human rights.
 
The rights to subsistence and development are the primary, basic human rights. Development is the only way to ease conflicts, ensure people's basic rights and offer the public more prosperous life.
 
Having suffered from poverty and wars, Chinese people fully understand the importance of development. As a result, China has placed great efforts on people's right to development during the 60 years after the founding of the country.
 
With an arable land less than 10 percent of the world total, the country is feeds more than 20 percent of the world's population. China has lifted 700 million people out of poverty through more than 30 years of reform and opening-up, accounting for more than 70 percent of the global reduction in poverty.
 
In the meantime, it has established the world's largest social security system, improving the average life expectancy to 76.34 years in 2015 from 35 years in 1949.
 
China has always combined universal principles of human rights with its own reality. It has not only helped people benefit from development, but also achieved higher level of development through the protection of people's right to development, paving a new path in human history.