After returning home from their October holidays, China's 708 million tourists were greeted by "a new era."
This new era, in the words of President Xi Jinping, would be a revised approach to socialism with Chinese characteristics. Famously exclaimed by Deng Xiaoping in 1979, Xi is making new Chinese socialism the guiding mantra for his country's growth over the next decade.
He made his remarks during a marathon three-and-a-half hour address to this year's Party Congress. The twice-a-decade affair saw thousands of delegates converge on Beijing to ultimately select the Party's leadership for the coming five years. According to the Central Planning Committee, this year's crop of delegates included 771 from grassroots organizations in the social sector. Five years ago this number was only 74.
Of particular note was a move away from the "getting rich is glorious" mentality that drove China's tremendous growth over the past 30 years. Now, according to President Xi, those getting rich have a social responsibility to the Chinese people. This really puts into perspective China's focus on a sustainable future for its people.
In other legislative news this month, China's Good Samaritan Law came into effect. The Law aims to address a widespread apathy towards helping others brought on by unscrupulous behavior. It will prevent civil liability to "...people who voluntarily offer emergency assistance to those who are, or who they believe to be, injured, ill, in danger, or otherwise incapacitated."
Lastly, China continues to show its dominance in the electric vehicle space. BYD, the largest EV battery maker in the world (yes, bigger than Tesla) has just set up a new expanded electric-bus manufacturing facility in the California city of Lancaster.
Check back with us next month for more on China's latest sustainability news.