Beijing, The Gulf Observer: Chinese President Xi Jinping, representing the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the State Council, conveyed heartfelt Spring Festival greetings to the entire Chinese nation during a reception at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
Addressing the diverse audience, including Chinese citizens of all ethnicities, compatriots in Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan, as well as overseas Chinese, President Xi, who also serves as the General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, reflected on the achievements of the outgoing Year of the Rabbit.
President Xi acknowledged that the past year marked the full implementation of the guiding principles of the 20th CPC National Congress, emphasizing the challenges faced by China in an intricate international environment. Despite these challenges, the nation overcame difficulties and made substantial progress on its journey towards becoming a modern socialist country.
Li Qiang presided over the reception, with notable figures such as Zhao Leji, Wang Huning, Cai Qi, Ding Xuexiang, Li Xi, and Han Zheng also in attendance.
President Xi highlighted the achievements of the past year, including the nation’s focus on stability and progress, economic recovery promotion, reaching a new high in total grain output, maintaining stable employment and prices, and breakthroughs in scientific and technological innovation.
He emphasized the deepening of reform and opening up, the completion of a new round of reform of Party and state institutions, improvement in the ecological environment, and steps taken towards modernizing national defense and the armed forces.
Commending efforts on full and rigorous Party self-governance and anti-corruption measures, President Xi stressed the commitment to addressing the people’s concerns, responding to natural disasters, and supporting Hong Kong, Macao, and opposing ‘Taiwan independence.’
Acknowledging China’s efforts in major-country diplomacy, President Xi noted the country’s contribution to global certainty and positive energy amid a world in flux.
Looking ahead to 2024, the 75th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, President Xi identified it as a crucial year for achieving the goals of the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025). He emphasized the importance of maintaining stability while seeking progress, enhancing economic vitality, preventing and resolving risks, improving social expectations, and consolidating economic recovery.
President Xi underscored the need for comprehensive reforms, encouraging entrepreneurship and creativity across society to invigorate Chinese modernization. Drawing on the symbolism of the dragon, he expressed the hope that in the Year of the Dragon, the Chinese people would embody the spirit of ceaseless improvement, hard work, and determination, collectively contributing to the nation’s strength and rejuvenation.