Xi makes historic speech as CPC celebrated 100th anniversary of its founding, with its top leader declaring the achievement of a milestone development goal
BEIJING, China – Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, has made it loud and clear that China will never allow any foreign power to bully the great nation of China.
Xi made these remarks while delivering an important speech at a grand gathering celebrating the centenary of the CPC’s founding at Tian’anmen Square here in Beijing on Thursday as the Communist Party of China (CPC) celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding, with its top leader declaring the achievement of a milestone development goal and announced that the Chinese nation is “advancing with unstoppable momentum toward rejuvenation.”
Addressing a grand gathering at the iconic Tian’anmen Square, where CPC forefather Mao Zedong proclaimed the birth of the people’s republic, Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, hailed the Party’s success over the past century and called on the whole Party to continue its hard work and carry out “a great struggle” to achieve national rejuvenation.
Xi delivered a nationally-televised speech from Tian’anmen Rostrum before a 70,000-strong crowd. The historic event also witnessed a chorus of Party songs, a flypast of fighter jets and helicopters, a 100-gun salute, and a flag-raising ceremony.
Xi, also Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, declared that China has realized the first centenary goal of “building a moderately prosperous society in all respects.”
“This means that we have brought about a historic resolution to the problem of absolute poverty in China, and we are now marching in confident strides toward the second centenary goal of building China into a great modern socialist country in all respects,” Xi said.
Reviewing the past 100 years, Xi said the Party has united and led the Chinese people in achieving great success in the new-democratic revolution, socialist revolution and construction, reform, opening up and socialist modernization, as well as for socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era.
In 1921 when the CPC was founded, it had just over 50 members. Today, with more than 95 million members in a country of more than 1.4 billion people, it is the largest governing party in the world and enjoys tremendous international influence.
Xi paid tributes to CPC forefathers including Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping, as well as revolutionary martyrs who died for the Party’s cause.
“All the struggle, sacrifice, and creation through which the Party has united and led the Chinese people over the past hundred years has been tied together by one ultimate theme — bringing about the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation,” Xi said, adding that this prospect “has become a historical inevitability.”
The ceremony was presided over by Li Keqiang, and attended by Li Zhanshu, Wang Yang, Wang Huning, Zhao Leji and Han Zheng — all members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, as well as Vice President Wang Qishan.
At the event, Wan Exiang, chairman of the Central Committee of the Revolutionary Committee of the Chinese Kuomintang, read a congratulatory message on behalf of the eight non-CPC political parties in China, the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce, and personages without party affiliation.
Over 1,000 young people, who are representatives of the Chinese Communist Youth League and Young Pioneers, conveyed their congratulatory message through a recitation at Tian’anmen Square, expressing the younger generation’s commitment to the CPC’s cause.
“I feel very honored,” said Wang Fangyanni, a 22-year-old university student who watched the celebrations on the spot. Wang gained full membership of the CPC in April.
Xi’s one-hour speech captured the Party’s tremendous success over a century.
Under the Party’s leadership, the country has lifted nearly 800 million people out of poverty over the past four decades. China is now the world’s second-largest economy, the largest recipient of foreign direct investment, and boasts one of the world’s largest consumer markets. Its GDP has exceeded the 100-trillion-yuan (about 15.47 trillion U.S. dollars) threshold.
Many people have experienced a significant improvement in their lives.
Bao Xianjie is one of them. A member of the Tu ethnic group, she relates the CPC centenary with changes in her home county in northwestern Qinghai Province, which has recently cast off poverty.
“When I returned home in recent years, I saw big changes: expressway has been opened, traffic is made convenient, and everyone’s life is getting better,” Bao told Xinhua at Tian’anmen Square.
Yang Pin-hua, an ethnic singer from Taiwan who has been living in Beijing for 14 years, was also in the audience at the square.
Having traveled to more than 70 mainland cities with large ethnic populations, Yang said he has seen those places undergoing tremendous changes over the years. “The Party’s support has reached every village and every ethnic group.”
EVEN STRONGER PARTY
In his address, Xi laid down principles that must be followed on the journey ahead.
The firm leadership of the Party must be upheld, he said, calling it the foundation and lifeblood of the Party and the country, and the crux upon which the interests and wellbeing of all Chinese people depend.
Vowing to remain committed to combating corruption and root out “any viruses that would erode its health,” Xi said the CPC must continue to advance the great new project of Party building.
“We must unite and lead the Chinese people in working ceaselessly for a better life,” he added.
“Any attempt to divide the Party from the Chinese people or to set the people against the Party is bound to fail. The more than 95 million Party members and the more than 1.4 billion Chinese people will never allow such a scenario to come to pass,” he said.
Xi stressed continuing to adapt Marxism to the Chinese context.
NO PREACHING, NO BULLYING
Xi said efforts to uphold and develop socialism with Chinese characteristics must be continued. In doing so, the Party has “created a new model for human civilization.”
The Party is eager to learn what lessons it can from the achievements of other cultures, and welcomes helpful suggestions and constructive criticism, Xi said.
“We will not, however, accept sanctimonious preaching from those who feel they have the right to lecture us,” he said.
Xi added that the Chinese nation does not carry aggressive or hegemonic traits in its genes. “We have never bullied, oppressed, or subjugated the people of any other country, and we never will.”
But the Chinese people will never allow any foreign force to bully, oppress, or subjugate us, he said.
“Anyone who would attempt to do so will find themselves on a collision course with a great wall of steel forged by over 1.4 billion Chinese people,” Xi said, as the crowd present at Tian’anmen Square burst into thunderous applause and cheers.
Xi underlined elevating the armed forces to world-class standards to achieve greater capacity and more reliable means for safeguarding national sovereignty, security and development interests.
He also called for making efforts to strengthen the great unity of the Chinese people.
Resolving the Taiwan question and realizing China’s complete reunification is a historic mission and an unshakable commitment of the CPC, Xi said, vowing resolute action to utterly defeat any attempt toward “Taiwan independence.”
“No one should underestimate the great resolve, the strong will, and the extraordinary ability of the Chinese people to defend their national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he said.
Highlights of Xi’s speech at made CPC centenary
BEIJING, China – Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, on Thursday addressed a ceremony celebrating the CPC centenary at Tian’anmen Square in Beijing.
The following are some highlights of his remarks:
— We are now marching in confident strides toward the second centenary goal of building China into a great modern socialist country in all respects.
— All the struggle, sacrifice, and creation through which the Party has united and led the Chinese people over the past hundred years has been tied together by one ultimate theme — bringing about the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.
— The Chinese nation has achieved the tremendous transformation from standing up and growing prosperous to becoming strong, and China’s national rejuvenation has become a historical inevitability.
— The people are the true heroes, for it is they who create history.
— China’s success hinges on the Party.
— Any attempt to divide the Party from the Chinese people or to set the people against the Party is bound to fail. The more than 95 million Party members and the more than 1.4 billion Chinese people will never allow such a scenario to come to pass.
— At the fundamental level, the capability of our Party and the strengths of socialism with Chinese characteristics are attributable to the fact that Marxism works.
— We are eager to learn what lessons we can from the achievements of other cultures, and welcome helpful suggestions and constructive criticism. We will not, however, accept sanctimonious preaching from those who feel they have the right to lecture us.
— A strong country must have a strong military, as only then can it guarantee the security of the nation.
— The Chinese nation does not carry aggressive or hegemonic traits in its genes.
— We have never bullied, oppressed, or subjugated the people of any other country, and we never will.
— We will never allow any foreign force to bully, oppress, or subjugate us. Anyone who would attempt to do so will find themselves on a collision course with a great wall of steel forged by over 1.4 billion Chinese people.
— Today, we are closer, more confident, and more capable than ever before of making the goal of national rejuvenation a reality. But we must be prepared to work harder than ever to get there.
— The patriotic united front is an important means for the Party to unite all the sons and daughters of the Chinese nation, both at home and abroad, behind the goal of national rejuvenation.
— A hallmark that distinguishes the Communist Party of China from other political parties is its courage in undertaking self-reform.
— No one should underestimate the resolve, the will, and the ability of the Chinese people to defend their national sovereignty and territorial integrity.
— Today, the image China presents to the world is one of a thriving nation that is advancing with unstoppable momentum toward rejuvenation.
CPC willing to play role in creating peaceful, prosperous world, says Song Tao
Event was held to showcase Zhejiang’s achievements in practicing Xi Jinping’s Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era
ISLAMABAD – China’s Federal Minister Mr Song Tao has said that the Communist Party of China (CPC) is willing to shoulder its responsibility and play its role in creating a peaceful, safe, prosperous, open and beautiful world together with the political parties in other countries.
Mr Song Tao, the Minister for International Department of the Central Committee of the CPC, expressed these views while addressing the participants of a thematic briefing took place in Hangzhou, East China’s Zhejiang Province. DiploMag’s Islamabad representative also attended the online event.
According to a statement issued here by the Chinese Embassy here, the ceremony was held to showcase Zhejiang’s achievements in practicing Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era.
The event, co-hosted by the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the CPC Zhejiang Provincial Committee, was themed on ‘Drawing up and following through the Blueprint’, reviewed the course of the CPC’s efforts to fight for the fundamental interests of the Chinese since its founding, and showcased the country’s outstanding achievements in pursuing a new development vision, a new development paradigm and high-quality development.
Song Tao said at the briefing that the CPC is destined to ensure the well-being of the people and rejuvenate the country. He also said that under the leadership of the CPC, China has won the battle against poverty.
Zhejiang has witnessed huge improvements after pursuing the Double-Eight Strategy for 18 years, according to Yuan Jiajun, Party secretary of Zhejiang.
Yuan elaborated on the province’s practice in innovative development, coordinated development, green development, open development and shared growth.
He expressed hopes that all foreign diplomats and guests will introduce Zhejiang and China to their people and said that Zhejiang will enhance its cooperation with other countries in anti-pandemic, science and technology, as well as economy and trade matters.
Five guests were invited to share about Zhejiang’s economic development and stories of residents’ lives, including Ma Jun, deputy director of Hangzhou municipal development and reform commission, and Mohammad Falah Nasser, a Jordanian businessman in Yiwu.
Nearly 400 representatives of political parties from more than 70 countries participated in the thematic briefing online.
Foreign guests congratulated the CPC on its upcoming 100th anniversary and spoke highly of the achievements made by the Party in epidemic prevention and control, and poverty elimination.
CPC led Chinese people to win poverty alleviation battle in the past 30 years, which deserves global praise, says Communist Party of Britain
The Communist Party of China has led Chinese people to win the poverty alleviation battle in the past 30 years, which deserves global praise, said an official of the Communist Party of Britain (CPB) at the briefing.
John Foster, International Secretary of the CPB, said via video link at the “Stories of CPC – Zhejiang’s Achievements in Practicing Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” thematic briefing that he was amazed by China’s technological achievements in recent years, especially in the fields of artificial intelligence and aeronautics.
“Over the last two decades, the CPC Zhejiang Provincial Committee has been following through on the Double-Eight Strategy initiated by President Xi Jinping in 2003 when he was Party Secretary of Zhejiang, and has created a better life for all,” said Song Tao, head of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee, who added that Zhejiang’s achievements vividly epitomise of how the CPC is following the blueprint.
The Double-Eight Strategy identifies eight strengths Zhejiang possesses in terms of economic structure, geological position, industries, coordinated development of urban and rural areas, ecology, mountain and ocean resources, environment, and culture, as well as eight measures the province is taking to take further advantage of these strengths.
Echoing Song, Yuan Jiajun, the incumbent Party Secretary of Zhejiang, highlighted the province’s achievements in digitalisation, environmental protection and coordinated regional development in recent years and expressed hopes that all the guests from home and abroad will be able to come to Zhejiang to feel its development and charm.
Some participants visited Hangzhou-based automaker Geely Holding Group and New H3C Group, an information technology solution provider.
Carlos Miguel Pereira Hernandez, Cuba’s ambassador to China, said that he was astonished at Geely’s breakthrough in the automobile making industry.
“I visited Geely’s factory in Shanghai in 2008. In just over a decade, it has become an influential automaker brand in the world, which is a good indicator of the speed and quality of China’s development in recent years,” he said.
In the context of major changes unseen in a century, coupled with a once-in-a-century pandemic, the “Stories of CPC” thematic briefing on Zhejiang will be conducive to exchanging experience in country governance among participating political parties, and will promote economic recovery after the pandemic and further world peace and development.
Xi Focus: Xi hails China’s poverty eradication miracle
BEIJING, China (Desk) – Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday hailed the country’s achievement of eradicating extreme poverty as a miracle that shall “go down in history.”
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 grand gathering held in Beijing to mark the country’s accomplishments in poverty alleviation and award its model poverty fighters.
In his speech, Xi declared a “complete victory” in the fight against poverty through joint efforts from all ethnic groups.
Over the past eight years, China has lifted 98.99 million poor rural residents under the current poverty line out of poverty, with 832 impoverished counties and 128,000 poor villages removed from the poverty list.
Eliminating poverty in rural areas is a key contribution to accomplishing the goal of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, Xi stressed.
Since late 2012, China has built or upgraded 1.1 million km of rural roads, provided a reliable supply of power to rural areas, and expanded fiber-optic internet access and 4G signal coverage to more than 98 percent of its poor villages.
During the same period, some 25.68 million impoverished people from 7.9 million households have seen their dilapidated houses renovated, and more than 9.6 million people have been relocated from impoverished areas.
In addition, 28 ethnic minority groups with relatively small population have shaken off poverty collectively.
Xi said the country has created a “China example” of poverty reduction and made great contributions to global poverty alleviation.
China has lifted 770 million rural residents out of poverty since the beginning of the reform and opening-up over 40 years ago when calculated in accordance with China’s current poverty line, accounting for more than 70 percent of the global total according to the World Bank’s international poverty line.
China has met the poverty eradication target set in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development 10 years ahead of schedule, Xi said