The Chinese 14th Five-Year Plan: toward 2025 and beyond – FOCUSEDITED BY STEFANO SARTORIO

The Chinese 14th Five-Year Plan: toward 2025 and beyond – REPORT

edited by Stefano Sartorio, Research Fellow at Competere


Executive Summary

The 13th National People Congress (NPC) approved on 11th March 2021 the 14th Five Year-Plan of the Communist Party of China for the “national economic and social development of the People’s Republic of China”.

Competere releases “The Chinese 14th Five-Year Plan: toward 2025 and beyond”, a comprehensive report on the Two Sessions event occurring from the 4th to the 11th march and on the subsequent provisions approved by the NPC, namely the Five-year Plan 2021-2025.

Coming from the most challenging year of the last decade, the Chinese plan for the next five years and more assumes even a greater importance. Publicly defining basic guidelines and objectives of China’s development, observers are also assisting to what will be the major developments in the global world. The importance of this interesting and complex actor in global dynamics is unquestioned and will heavily contribute to our vision and experience of the future.

The Issues to Follow
  • The troublesome relation: China-US relations are now passing through a moment where misunderstanding might be incredibly inconvenient. Therefore, during the last days of the “Two Sessions” in Beijing a meeting in Anchorage between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Politburo member Yang Jiechi and Foreign Minister Wang Yi was organized. It will be held on the 18th March
  • The paramount chip: The Taiwan question will prove again as a bottleneck in the relations with US and its allies in Asia during next months. Biden position on the issue will prove as a milestone for the future history of the island.
  • The “patriots” city: the country set up a new screening committee to assess candidates standing in future Hong Kong elections to see if they meet the requirement of being a “patriot.” In the view of the Party, this will be the way to ensure the respect of the “One Country, two Systems” scheme.
  • The “vaccine diplomacy”: Due to the unprecedented situation regarding the pandemic, several countries are pushing their vaccines in the markets in order to acquire greater leverage both in terms of political influence and commercial opportunities. China is also following this path. The borders are now being opened gradually, especially for those who work in China, but one key request is to “use COVID-19 vaccines produced in China”.




Stefano Sartorio is Research Fellow at Competere and a sinologist. He has a degree in International Relations from the University of Milan and Renmin University of China, specialized in legal, economic, political and social studies on China. He is Vice President at Mondo Internazionale. He also works as a consultant for enterprise internationalization and in the Public Affairs sector.

Shalva Chikhladze is a political scientist and sinologist. He is a visiting lecturer at Tbilisi State University where he teaches China’s foreign policy.

Seohyun Han is attending a master’s degree in China Studies at Renmin University Silk Road School. He served as a Military Interpreter in the Republic of Korea Air Force. He has been Chief Editor at the Korea America Friendship Society Youth and intern at the Confucius Institute of Kyunghee University.

Elodie Cardonnet is a Master’s student in “Contemporary China Studies” at Silk Road School (Renmin University of China), and in “Sustainable Development, Resource Geopolitics and Arctic Studies” at SIOI. She has a MA degree in “International Relations” (University of Milan, Renmin University of China), a BA degree in “International Sciences and European Institutions” (University of Milan, Sciences Po Lille, University of Wrocław), and a Master in “Global Marketing, Communication & Made in Italy”. She conducts research in the field of sustainable development and green finance, with a focus on the role of China.

Domenico Repaci has a M.A. in International Relations at LUISS University and Renmin University of China. He is passionate about International Relations and EU-Asian Affairs, and he decided to pursue a career in Asia after his experience at the EU Mission to ASEAN. He is in the editorial board of “Management, Finance and Ethics” of the Pontifical University of Santa Croce in Rome. He also cooperates as external consultant for a private equity firm.

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Pietro Paganini
Presidente, Competere

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