As Prime Minister Keqiang Li pointed out, “Innovation serves as the backbone of every breakthrough of the Chinese economy.” It is difficult to forget how economic reforms of the Chinese economy brought about a historical turning point. Forty years have passed since China’s major economic reforms, and the spirit of innovation continues to inspire the Chinese people, promoting national prosperity and strength as well as rejuvenation of the national identity. As China once again encounters a critical turning point in history, the road ahead is sure to hold many obstacles and challenges. It is disheartening to see not only that the excess of productivity and the unequal distribution of wealth continue to burden the society and economy of China, but also that the conflict between environmental pollution and technological advances remains unresolved.
Furthermore, the introduction of western entertainment and culture has diminished traditional Chinese customs. Thus, China is currently undergoing unprecedented challenges. When public entrepreneurship and innovation have long become the defining characteristics of our generation, we should think about the responsibility we are given as we stand at the crossroads of transition and development. As Qichao Liang once said, “The responsibility of today falls on no one else but our youth.” The Chinese economic reform that occurred forty years has since established a new direction for progress in China. Today, our generation should continue to reflect upon the question of how we will reshape China’s future.