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Chinese Academy of Sciences team proposes metrology of global modernization


 Experts calls for a national modernization indicator system


On November 26, 2020, the symposium on China Modernization Report 2020 was held in Beijing. The new book, published by Beijing University Press, is the 19th annual report completed by the team led by He Chuanqi, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), director of China Center for Modernization Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CCMR/CAS), and leader of the Research Group for China Modernization Strategy (RGCMR). China Modernization Report 2020 has been selected into the national key book publication program for the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-2020) and contains about 700,000 Chinese characters and over 400 tables and figures.


At the symposium on economic and social work held on August 24, Secretary General Xi Jinping pointed out that the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025) will mark the beginning of a new development stage for China and the first five years of China’s new journey toward fully building a modern socialist country. As the modernization drive enters a new stage and embarks on a new journey, it is naturally essential to develop new modernization indicators and carry out new evaluations. Metrology of global modernization, a well-thought-out theory as proposed in the book, will offer inspirations for the establishment of a modernization indicator system and evaluation system with Chinese characteristics and provide a theoretical underpinning for the building of a modern socialist country.


China Modernization Report 2020 consists of five chapters. The first is study on the metrology of modernization, a general designation which encompasses modernization indicators, evaluation, and standards. Specifically, modernization indicators reflect the level, characteristics, and status of modernization; modernization evaluation takes a look at the process and results of modernization, and modernization standards; and modernization standards refer to the standards for the indicators, evaluation, process, and results of modernization. The second chapter elaborates on the indicator system for global modernization and systematically analyzes the trends of 100 indicators. The third chapter is about the empirical analysis and outlook of 100 indicators for China’s modernization. The fourth chapter contains cases of global modernization evaluation, including national, regional, and domain-specific evaluation. The fifth chapter makes a quantitative evaluation and gives a holistic picture of the modernization of China and the world in 2017.


The book presents an evaluation system, indicator system, and quantitative standard system of global modernization and features empirical analyses and predictions of the key indicators of global and China’s modernization, providing scientific, systematic, and quantitative information for the modernization strategy and plan at regional, country, and domain levels.

The experts and scholars present at the symposium spoke highly of the academic and social value of China Modernization Report 2020 and suggested that a national modernization indicator system should be developed as early as possible.


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