The stated aim of the CCP is that it wants the country to become a middle-income economy by 2020. By this time, if all goes to plan, it will attain a per capita GDP of US$13,000–14,000. On projections at the time of writing, the plans are well on track. Per capita GDP in 2014 in PPP was US$8,000, but with a growth rate of 7.5 per cent a year predicted at least until 2015, achieving a doubling of per capita levels within less than a decade appears, at the current time, under- rather than over-ambitious. If things continue smoothly, China may well hit these targets earlier than it, or the rest of the world, expects. This continues a trend established since the 1970s, whereby the pace of some fundamental changes has exceeded the expectations of outside experts.
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