Xi stresses re­form for new year

Party and na­tion to pur­sue progress, main­tain sta­bil­ity, pres­i­dent says

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By AN BAIJIE an­bai­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping on Fri­day stressed the im­por­tance of re­form in 2018, when China will cel­e­brate the 40th an­niver­sary of the start of the re­form and open­ing-up pol­icy.

Xi, also gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and chair­man of the Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion, made the re­marks while ad­dress­ing a New Year’s gath­er­ing held by the Na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence, the coun­try’s top po­lit­i­cal ad­vi­sory body, in Bei­jing.

In his speech, Xi said the spirit of the CPC’s 19th Na­tional Congress should be com­pre­hen­sively im­ple­mented.

The Party and gov­ern­ment should up­hold the guid­ance of the Thought on So­cial­ism with Chi­nese Char­ac­ter­is­tics for a New Era, stick to the ba­sic prin­ci­ple of pur­su­ing progress while main­tain­ing sta­bil­ity and pro­mote sus­tain­able and healthy so­cial de­vel­op­ment, he said.

The pres­i­dent called for prac­ti­cal ef­forts to cel­e­brate the 40th an­niver­sary of re­form and open­ing-up next year and pledged to ad­here to the path of re­form and open­ing-up.

Xi pledged to con­tinue to im­ple­ment the poli­cies of “one coun­try, two sys­tems”, and “Hong Kong peo­ple gov­ern­ing Hong Kong” and “Ma­cao peo­ple gov­ern­ing Ma­cao” with a high de­gree of au­ton­omy, to main­tain the long-term pros­per­ity and sta­bil­ity of the two spe­cial ad­min­is­tra­tive re­gions.

“We should con­tinue to stick to the one-China pol­icy, push peace­ful de­vel­op­ment of the cross-Straits re­la­tion­ship on

the ba­sis of the 1992 Con­sen­sus, and op­pose all kinds of ac­tiv­i­ties of sep­a­rat­ing the coun­try,” he said.

China will stick to the path of peace­ful de­vel­op­ment and push for­ward the build­ing of a peace­ful, safe, pros­per­ous, in­clu­sive and beau­ti­ful world to help peo­ple of the globe en­joy the fruits of hu­man civ­i­liza­tion, Xi said.

With the joint ef­forts of all the Chi­nese peo­ple to push for­ward re­form and open­ing-up, the coun­try will def­i­nitely achieve na­tional re­ju­ve­na­tion un­der the lead­er­ship of the CPC, he said.

Re­mark­ing that 2017 has been a mile­stone for the Party and coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment, Xi spoke highly of the achieve­ments made in all ar­eas.

The Party and gov­ern­ment have pushed for­ward sup­ply­side struc­tural re­form, prac­ticed poverty re­duc­tion with strong mea­sures, and made new progress in build­ing eco­nomics, pol­i­tics, cul­ture, so­ci­ety and eco­log­i­cal civ­i­liza­tion, Xi said.

A to­tal of 79 ma­jor re­form tasks have been com­pleted in 2017, and 399 re­form plans have been pro­duced by the cen­tral au­thor­i­ties this year, he said.

Stress­ing that the CPC will gov­ern the Party with strict dis­ci­pline, Xi said that over­whelm­ing anti-cor­rup­tion power has been for­mu­lated and strength­ened con­tin­u­ously.

On be­half of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, the State Coun­cil and the Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion, Xi ex­tended sin­cere New Year’s wishes to all the Chi­nese peo­ple across the coun­try and around the world.

Yu Zheng­sheng, chair­man of the CPPCC, said while pre­sid­ing over the gath­er­ing that Xi Jin­ping Thought on So­cial­ism with Chi­nese Char­ac­ter­is­tics for a New Era is the guide for all works of the top po­lit­i­cal ad­vi­sory body.

The po­lit­i­cal ad­vis­ers should be ded­i­cated to ful­fill­ing their du­ties and im­ple­ment­ing the spirit of the CPC’s 19th Na­tional Congress, Yu said.

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