Xi Jinping extends Spring Festival greetings to all Chinese, urging efforts to write new chapter in advancing Chinese modernization
ISLAMABAD (PEN) : Chinese President Xi Jinping, on behalf of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the State Council, extended Spring Festival greetings to all Chinese Thursday at a reception in Beijing.
Xi, also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, delivered a speech at the gathering at the Great Hall of the People, greeting Chinese people of all ethnic groups, compatriots in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, and overseas Chinese.
The outgoing Year of the Rabbit marked the beginning of the full implementation of the guiding principles of the 20th CPC National Congress on all fronts, Xi said, noting that the country faced an exceptionally complicated international environment and arduous tasks of reform, development, and maintaining stability.
“We pooled strength from Chinese modernization, kept in mind both domestic and international imperatives, overcame multiple difficulties and challenges, and made solid progress on a new journey toward building China into a modern socialist country in all respects,” Xi said.
Li Qiang presided over the reception. Zhao Leji, Wang Huning, Cai Qi, Ding Xuexiang, Li Xi and Han Zheng were also present at the event.
Over the past year, China adhered to the general principle of seeking progress while maintaining stability and promoted economic recovery, Xi said.
Listing the progress made, Xi said the country’s total grain output reached a new high, employment and prices have been kept generally stable, and breakthroughs were made in scientific and technological innovation.
Reform and opening up continued to deepen in China, and a new round of reform of Party and state institutions has been basically completed, he said, adding that the country’s ecological environment continued to improve, and new steps have been taken on modernizing national defense and the armed forces.
Party and state leaders Xi Jinping, Li Qiang, Zhao Leji, Wang Huning, Cai Qi, Ding Xuexiang, Li Xi and Han Zheng attend a Spring Festival reception at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, February 8, 2024. /Xinhua
Xi also praised deepened efforts on exercising full and rigorous Party self-governance and fighting corruption.
By putting the people first, authorities worked hard to address the pressing difficulties and problems that concerned people most, and made all-out efforts in responding to natural disasters and advancing post-disaster recovery and reconstruction, thus maintaining overall social stability, Xi said.
“We actively support Hong Kong and Macao in better integrating into the overall situation of national development, firmly oppose separatist acts of ‘Taiwan independence’ and interference by external forces, and vigorously defend our country’s sovereignty, security and development interests,” Xi said.
Lauding China’s solid efforts on advancing major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics, Xi said the country has added certainty and positive energy to a world of change and disorder.
Xi said that looking back at all the hard work over the past year, we have more deeply realized that building a strong country and realizing national rejuvenation on all fronts through a Chinese path to modernization is not only a bright road for the Chinese people to pursue a better and happy life, but also a just way to promote world peace and development.
Xi pointed out that the year 2024 marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, and is a key year for achieving the goals and tasks in the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025).
He stressed the need to adhere to the general tone of the work that seeks progress while maintaining stability, effectively enhance economic vitality, prevent and resolve risks, improve social expectations, consolidate and enhance the positive trend of economic recovery, continue to improve people’s livelihood and well-being, as well as maintain overall social harmony and stability.
Underscoring the need to deepen reform across the board, Xi said efforts must be made to encourage entrepreneurship and creativity among all members of society, injecting great vigor into Chinese modernization.
As the totem of the Chinese nation, dragon is deemed strong, fearless and benevolent, Xi noted.
He highlighted that dragon not only embodies the spirit of ceaselessly pursuing self-improvement, hard work and enterprise of the Chinese nation for 5,000 years, but also demonstrates the determination and aspiration of hundreds of millions of Chinese people to build China into a strong country and realize national rejuvenation.
Xi expressed the hope that in the Year of the Dragon, all Chinese people will pioneer and forge ahead with great endeavor and dedication, collectively writing a new chapter in advancing Chinese modernization.
This year’s Spring Festival, or the Chinese Lunar New Year, falls on February 10.