BEIJING, April 8 (Xinhua) -- China's people-centered philosophy has its roots in traditional Chinese culture, as is reflected in the idiom "Ai Min Zhe Qiang," which means a state that takes good care of its people is one with true power.
The saying is from the renowned Chinese philosopher Xunzi who lived over 2,000 years ago. Xunzi once said: "A state that takes good care of its people is strong and prosperous; a state that does not care about its people is waning and weak."
Only when the policies devised by a state governor represent the people's fundamental interests will the governor be supported by the people and the state be strong.
This is a new theme derived from the concept of "loving the people," which is the fundamental driving force behind a state becoming strong and prosperous.
It is also an extension and development of the concepts that "people are the foundation of the state," and "a benevolent person loves others."
This people-centered approach has been consistently upheld by the Communist Party of China's leadership. China's economy, which posted stable growth of 8.1 percent amid the pandemic in 2021, has already demonstrated the truth behind the idiom. ■