On October 27, Xinhua News Agency released a musical video called “The Song of Shisanwu” (“The Song of the 13th Five-Year Plan”) both in Chinese and in English on its official twitter, microblog (Weibo), and its news website.
The Fifth Plenary Session of the Eighteenth Central Committee of the Communist Party of China was held in Beijing from October 26th to 29th. The release of this song of course is to explain the China’s 13th Five-Year Plan both nation-wide and internationally. The “innovative” way arouses heated discussion, and popularized vastly with rocket hits. Western media commented this cartoon musical video as “Bizarre”, “Campy”, “quirky”, “Psychedelic David Bowie Look”, “utterly inane”, yet many also take it as “cute”, “catchy”, and “lovely”.
The producer of this song is “Fu Xing Lu Shang Studio” (Literal translation is “The Studio on Fuxing Road”). Fuxing Road is a road in Beijing with many Ministry Departments of China located on it, including the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of China. Previous productions made by this studio including “How Leaders Were Tempered” 2013 both in Chinese and in English, and “The Communist Party of China is with you along the way”, “ Follow Xi Dada—Bo’Ao”, and “Follow Xi Dada-Russia”, which was released in May, 2015 just ahead of President Xi Jinping’s visit to Russia.
On November 3, the CPC issued the full text of proposals for mapping out a blue print for China’s development over the next 5 years starting 2016. The full text of the proposal are over 20,000 words, covering all aspects of China’s social development including the political system, national governance, economics, social welfare, etc. Some highlights can be referred here. Noticeably, “Promoting clean production and building green and low-carbon industry systems; and promoting green finance and establishing the green development fund” are included.