Lead­ers pay re­spect to fallen heros

Coun­try marks fifth Mar­tyrs’ Day; Pre­mier Li pledges con­tin­ued re­forms

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Front Page - By HU YONGQI huy­ongqi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Stu­dents

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and other se­nior lead­ers of the Com­mu­nist Party of China par­tic­i­pated in a num­ber of events on Sun­day in Beijing, in­clud­ing a cer­e­mony com­mem­o­rat­ing the coun­try’s mar­tyrs and a grand re­cep­tion to cel­e­brate Na­tional Day.

Xi, who is also gen­eral sec­re­tary of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and chair­man of the Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion and other lead­ers paid trib­ute and laid flo­ral bas­kets at the Mon­u­ment to the Peo­ple’s He­roes in Tian’an­men Square to honor na­tional he­roes on the an­nual Mar­tyrs’ Day. They were joined by vet­er­ans, fam­ily mem­bers of mar­tyrs and sev­eral oth­ers.

Mar­tyrs’ Day was ap­proved by the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress in 2014 to honor those who sac­ri­ficed their lives for na­tional in­de­pen­dence and pros­per­ity.

The re­cep­tion was held late on Sun­day in the Great Hall of the Peo­ple. Be­fore that, Xi met with nine Sichuan Air­lines crew mem­bers of flight 3U8633, who were in­vited to join the event.

They were named as a “China Avi­a­tion Hero Crew” in June for a suc­cess­ful emer­gency land­ing that saved the lives of 119 pas­sen­gers fol­low­ing a bro­ken cock­pit win­dow in Chengdu, Sichuan prov­ince, on May 14.

The pres­i­dent said safety is the life­line of the civil avi­a­tion in­dus­try and should be given great at­ten­tion at all times. Civil avi­a­tion au­thor­i­ties and ser­vice providers should cor­rectly han­dle the dy­namic be­tween safety and profit, he said.

Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang noted in a speech at the re­cep­tion that this year marks the 40th an­niver­sary of China’s re­form and open­ing-up. Re­form is the fun­da­men­tal driv­ing force for China’s de­vel­op­ment, and the coun­try’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to ad­vance re­form and open­ing-up will re­main as strong as ever, he said.

China will firmly up­hold the rules-based mul­ti­lat­eral sys­tem, open up at a higher level, and share de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and out­comes with other coun­tries while up­hold­ing its own in­ter­ests, Li said. Co­op­er­a­tion un­der the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive will be boosted to en­sure win­win progress, and new ar­eas will be ex­plored through com­ple­men­tar­ity and mu­tual open­ing-up, he said.

The coun­try will con­tinue putting peo­ple first in its de­vel­op­ment en­deav­ors and ad­dress their con­cerns with ef­fec­tive mea­sures, Li said. China will seek to bet­ter de­liver tar­geted poverty re­lief, em­ploy­ment, ed­u­ca­tion, med­i­cal care and el­der­care by in­creas­ing in­puts, ra­tio­nal­iz­ing rel­e­vant in­sti­tu­tions, boost­ing sup­plies and pro­vid­ing bet­ter ser­vices, he said.

Li said China will con­tinue its ma­jor poli­cies on Tai­wan, up­hold the one-China prin­ci­ple and ad­here to the 1992 Con­sen­sus. The coun­try will firmly safe­guard its sovereignty and ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity, and never al­low any sep­a­ratist at­tempt or ac­tiv­ity for “Tai­wan in­de­pen­dence” in any form, he said. A broader mar­ket and more di­verse de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for Tai­wan com­pa­tri­ots and en­ter­prises by ex­pand­ing cross-Straits eco­nomic and cul­tural ex­changes and co­op­er­a­tion will be pro­moted, he said.

On Sun­day af­ter­noon, the pre­mier met with a num­ber of new for­eign am­bas­sadors and win­ners of this year’s Chi­nese Govern­ment Friend­ship Award in the Great Hall of the Peo­ple.

HUANG JINGWEN / XIN­HUA

re­mem­ber the na­tion’s fallen war­riors at the Mon­u­ment to the Peo­ple’s He­roes in Tian’an­men Square on Sun­day on the oc­ca­sion of Mar­tyrs’ Day.

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