The formation of the report, which reflects the will of both the Party and the people, has been a process of developing democracy and pooling the wisdom of all Party members, said sources with the CPC.
In October 2011, the 17th CPC Central Committee decided to hold the 18th CPC National Congress in the second half of 2012.
In January 2012, the Political Bureau of the 17th CPC Central Committee decided to set up a special work group headed by Xi Jinping to draft the report. Hu set down the guiding principles for drafting the report.
Members of the drafting group included leaders of the CPC Central Committee, central government departments and provincial governments.
From April 13 to 20, 2012, Hu heard reports by 38 research groups on 11 key topics and gave important suggestions on topics such as socialism with Chinese characteristics, the Scientific Outlook on Development, adjusting the economic growth pattern, deepening the reform of the economic system, and improving people’s livelihood and Party building.
From May 11 to 14, 2012, Xi heard reports by research groups on four key topics and gave important suggestions on topics including China’s goals in economic and social development by 2020, the construction of rural areas and urbanization, the promotion of sci-tech development and innovation and ecological progress.
From May 24 to June 25, Hu presided over two meetings of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and one meeting of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee to deliberate the draft report.
People present at the meetings agreed on the draft report’s overall framework, structure and major content, and put forward important suggestions for revision.
On July 23, 2012, Hu delivered a speech on major issues concerning the draft report while addressing a senior course for ministerial officials and provincial heads.
Hu expounded on the theme of the report, saying its underlying theme is to firmly march on the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics and strive to complete the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects.
Hu presided over a total of four meetings of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and two meetings of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee to deliberate and make revisions on the report in more than 10 months since the drafting began.
The drafting group held eight plenary sessions to give instructions on drafting the report during the same period.
From Nov 1 to 4, 2012, the 17th CPC Central Committee discussed and approved the draft report at its 7th plenary meeting and decided to submit the report to the 18th CPC National Congress for deliberation.
On Nov 8, 2012, Hu Jintao delivered the report at the 18th CPC National Congress, which was held between Nov. 8 and 14.
Further revisions were made to the report based on the views and suggestions of delegates to the 18th CPC National Congress.
The report was the result of careful investigations into China’s actual conditions and broad consultations among people from all walks of Chinese society.
The report could only address the most important problems of China today and served as a feasible guideline for all people after careful investigation had been conducted and enough data had been collected, said a senior member of the drafting group.