China’s President Xi Jinping delivered a New Year speech Monday evening, calling on the whole nation to strive for “an unprecedented and great cause” in Y 2019, the 70th anni of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
Chinese people, who are self-reliant, hardworking and enterprising, have created a China miracle recognized by the world, he said, vowing to rely on the people and push the cause forward.
“In 2018, we had a fulfilling and focused year,” President Xi said summarizing the progress made during the year.
The campaign to prevent and control pollution of air, water and soil went smoothly while the people’s wellbeing and their living standards improved, he said.
National strategies including the coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, the development of Yangtze Economic Belt, and the construction of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area were steadily implemented.
President Xi also mentioned the achievements he witnessed during his inspection trips: the improved ecology along the Yangtze River, the agricultural harvest in northeast provinces, the reform and vitality in Shenzhen and Shanghai, as well as the opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge.
China launched Chang’e-4 lunar probe, conducted sea trials of its 2nd aircraft carrier, completed 1st water takeoff of its independently-developed large amphibious aircraft, and took solid steps in BeiDou Navigation Satellite System’s global service, President Xi noted in the speech.
Around 10-M people in the country’s rural areas were lifted out of poverty in Y 2018, said the President.
In the year marking the 40th anni of the country’s reform and opening-up, China unveiled a systematic, comprehensive and restructuring reform of both Party and State institutions.
More than 100 important reform measures were rolled out, he said. “China’s reforms will never stop and its door will only open even wider.”
Joint efforts are needed as China faces both opportunities and challenges in Y 2019, President Xi noted.
In the New Year the policies to cut taxes and fees should be well implemented to ease the burden on enterprises, he said.
President Xi extended gratitude to millions of hardworking people.
In Y 2018, China hosted diplomatic events including the annual Boao Forum for Asia, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Qingdao summit, and the Beijing summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.
In a world that is undergoing changes unseen in a Century, China will remain confident and resolute in safeguarding its sovereignty and security, and maintain its sincerity and goodwill for safeguarding world peace and promoting common prosperity, he said.
China will actively promote the joint construction of the Belt and Road, continue to promote the building of a community with a shared future for humanity, and work relentlessly for an even more prosperous and beautiful world, he said.
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