China Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By AN BAIJIE an­bai­jie@chi­

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping called on Wed­nes­day for dili­gence and hard work by peo­ple across the coun­try to achieve na­tional re­ju­ve­na­tion.

Xi, also gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and chair­man of the Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion, ex­tended Spring Fes­ti­val greet­ings to all Chi­nese at a re­cep­tion in Bei­jing on be­half of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and the State Coun­cil.

This year’s Spring Fes­ti­val, or Chi­nese Lu­nar New Year, falls on Fri­day.

Ad­dress­ing the event, Xi spoke highly of the coun­try’s progress in 2017 in such ar­eas as im­prov­ing peo­ple’s lives, ad­vanc­ing the rule of law, strict gov­er­nance of the CPC and re­duc­ing poverty.

“Time is the most ob­jec­tive wit­ness,” Xi said while laud­ing achieve­ments made last year. Those ad­vances were ob­tained through the dili­gence and hard work of all Chi­nese peo­ple, he said.

The pres­i­dent high­lighted the im­por­tance of dili­gence and hard work to com­plete the cre­ation of a mod­er­ately pros­per­ous so­ci­ety in all re­spects.

Those who bring hap­pi­ness to the ma­jor­ity are the hap­pi­est, Xi quoted Karl Marx as say­ing, adding that the CPC will con­tinue in its goal of bring­ing hap­pi­ness to all Chi­nese peo­ple.

The 19th CPC Na­tional Congress held last year has set the di­rec­tion for the coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment in the new era, Xi said, adding that this year is the first to im­ple­ment the spirit of the congress and co­in­cides with the 40th an­niver­sary of re­form and open­ing-up.

Xi called on ev­ery­one in the Party, the mil­i­tary and na­tion to unite around the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and im­ple­ment the spirit of the 19th CPC Na­tional Congress. The Party’s poli­cies and de­ci­sions should be trans­lated into real ben­e­fits to the peo­ple, he said.

In his speech, Xi stressed the im­por­tance of the more than 400 mil­lion fam­i­lies in the coun­try and their role in build­ing a strong na­tion.

The Chi­nese peo­ple have al­ways val­ued fam­ily, Xi said, adding that the coun­try’s pros­per­ity is re­lated to the hap­pi­ness of every fam­ily.

Xi called on the coun­try’s more than 1.3 bil­lion peo­ple to in­te­grate their love of fam­ily and na­tion, thus to forge great forces to as­sist in the na­tion’s re­ju­ve­na­tion.

Men­tion­ing that the Year of Dog is al­ways deemed aus­pi­cious, Xi ex­tended his wishes that the coun­try’s well-be­ing will be­come bet­ter and bet­ter every year.


Top: Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping, also gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and chair­man of the Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion, gives a speech at the 2018 Spring Fes­ti­val re­cep­tion of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and the State Coun­cil at the Great Hall of the Peo­ple in Bei­jing on Wed­nes­day. Above: Pres­i­dent Xi and top CPC and State lead­ers gather with guests at the re­cep­tion.

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