The year 2018 is the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening up, and it is also a crucial year for the comprehensive deepening of reforms at a new historical starting point for joint exploration and continuous struggle. “At the significant juncture of the 40th anniversary, we should surmount all obstacles to carry the reform further to its ultimate triumph”. General Secretary Xi Jinping mentioned in the 2018 New Year message.
The profound change that began in 1978 has historically changed the course of China’s development. 40 years ago, the total value of China’s GDP was only over 350 billion yuan. Today, the total value of it has reached 827,122 billion yuan. China’s economic strength, scientific and technological strength, and comprehensive national strength are in the leading positions across the world. It has become the world's second largest economy, which provides a solid material foundation for social construction and the improvement of people’s well-being, and the happiness index of the people continues to increase. The reform and opening up has brought so much impetus to China's development that it has marveled the world. 40 years is only a moment in history, but for every Chinese who has experienced it, this is a memorable history. Today’s reformers are destined to become history. Only everyone is more responsible, the voyage of history can be more open.
In this context, Zijin Media Think Tank launched the "40th Anniversary of China's Reform and Opening-Up Forum – 40 People 40 Years" project. It will make depth interviews with 40 representative figures who are in the age of 55-65, and have experienced 40 years of reform and opening up in China, and organize the “40 People 40 Years Forum” to focus on understanding the achievements of China's reforms in the economic, social, and cultural fields and the changes in the Chinese people's mindset over the past 40 years so as to draw the outline of the 40-year’s impression of the times, allowing latecomers to draw strengths from this magnificent reform, stimulate their confidence for the reforms in the future, and reproduce the glory of reform and opening up in a new era with indomitable striving spirit.
Recently, Zijin Media Think Tank will officially launch the 40 People 40 Years interview project, inviting representatives of various industries to conduct interviews and live video broadcasts. The 40-year life courses of these 40 people will reflect the progress of these 40 years. These interviews will be released through "Zijin Media Think Tank" official WeChat public account and important media platforms.
In October 2018, the think tank plans to hold the "40 Years and 40 People – Forum on Anniversary of Reform and Opening Up" at Nanjing University. We will invite 40 interviewees and scholars related to the reform to attend the conference. According to the interview materials and the forum's on-site information, we also plan to formally publish the Interview Record of 40 Years and 40 People.