President Xi confident of New Year reforms

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers his New Year message via state broadcasters in Beijing

on December 31, 2013.   Photo by Lan Hongguang

 

 

 

 

 

President Xi confident

of New Year reforms

 

 

By Fu Shuangqi, Zuo Yuanfeng and Wu Jing

 

President Xi Jinping expressed his confidence in China’s reform and extended good wishes to all Chinese in his New Year address on Tuesday of December 31.

“In 2013, we made an overall arrangement on comprehensively deepening reform, drawing a grand blueprint for the country’s future development,” Xi said in the address via state broadcasters.

“In 2014, we will make new strides along the path of reform.”

The fundamental purpose of the reform is to make the country rich and strong, the society fair and just and people’s lives better, he said.

Addressing domestic and overseas audiences, Xi called on the people to fight hard together for this great cause.

“We have numerous glories in the name of the great cause of reform and opening-up. I firmly believe that new glories are awaiting the Chinese people,” he said.

“We welcome a 2014 that is full of hope,” Xi said, extending his New Year greetings to compatriots in Hong Kong and Macao, compatriots from Taiwan, overseas Chinese and friends from various countries and regions across the world.

Xi wished the elderly health, children happiness and every family felicity and safety.

According to Xi, numerous workers, farmers, intellectuals and cadres are still serving at their posts; many compatriots around the world are still diligently working for their motherland; many People’s Liberation Army and Armed Police soldiers and officers as well as police are performing their glorious duties.

“Some of them are far from the motherland and their relatives, and some can’t reunite with their families,” said Xi. “On behalf of the homeland and its people, I bid the sincerest greetings to them and wished them peace and safety.”

Xi said that 2013 was a very unusual year for the country and the people as the Chinese people jointly overcame various difficulties and challenges and won prominent achievements.

“These precious achievements contained people’s sweat and blood, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart,” Xi said.

Xi said that more than 7 billion people live together on the planet, and they should help each other and work together to weather hardships and seek common development.

Xi said that the Chinese people are pursuing the Chinese dream to realize the nation’s great rejuvenation, and expressed his hope that people from various countries could realize their dreams too.

“I sincerely hope that people from all countries, while striving for their own dreams, can understand and help each other, and make efforts to build our Earth into a wonderful homest,” Xi said.

“Life is always full of hope, and success always belongs to people who strive hard and never give up,” he said.

Noting various risks and challenges ahead, Xi admitted that “a huge amount of work” need to be done in order to ensure a better life for the people.

“Let’s be modest and discreet, and work hard to jointly compose a new chapter for the development of our great motherland,” Xi said.

 

 

 

 

 

China’s leaders

celebrate New Year

with political advisors

 

By Guo Likun

 

China’s leaders on Tuesday morning of December 31 celebrated the New Year of 2014 with political advisors in Beijing.

President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang, and five other senior officials of the Communist Party of China including Zhang Dejiang, Yu

Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan and Zhang Gaoli attended a tea party held by the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political

Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China’s top political advisory body.

Xi delivered a speech during the gathering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chinese, Russian presidents

exchange New Year greetings

 

By Luo Jun

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, exchanged New Year greetings on Tuesday of December 31, expressing their shared wish to further enhance bilateral ties in 2014.

In his message, Xi extended sincere greetings to Putin and the Russian people on behalf of the Chinese government, the Chinese people and himself.

During the past year, China and Russia focused on the overarching objective of facilitating healthy and stable progress of the international situation and promoting the development and revitalization of both countries, Xi said.

With a strategic vision and a global perspective, he added, the two countries pushed forward their comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership and scored significant achievements in bilateral cooperation in various areas.

Expressing satisfaction with the development of bilateral relations in 2013, Xi said he always believes that a high-level and strong China-Russia relationship is a blessing not only for the people of both countries but for the entire world.

In the new year, Xi said, he is ready to maintain close communication and contact with Putin and work together with him to further boost bilateral cooperation in various areas and steer the development of bilateral ties into a new phase.

He also conveyed his confidence that the China-Russia Youth Friendly Exchanges Year program to be carried out in 2014 and 2015 will further deepen the understanding and friendship between the young generations of the two countries.

In addition, the program will gain more public support for passing on the bilateral friendship from generation to generation and pursuing common development of the two countries, and contribute to the sustained development of the China-Russia partnership.

For his part, Putin conveyed his heartfelt greetings for the New Year and the upcoming traditional Chinese Spring Festival.

Noting that bilateral relations enjoyed plentiful good news during the past year, Putin said Xi’s state visit to Russia in March was of especially great significance.

The trip, he said, injected great energy into the development of the Russia-China partnership and the improvement of bilateral coordination in international affairs.

Russia and China have successfully organized the Tourism Year program and now are jointly launching the Youth Friendly Exchanges Year program, he added.

The Russian president said he is confident that the new event will further promote the mutual understanding and trust between the two peoples.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, also exchanged New Year greetings.

 

 

 

 

 

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