President Xi Jinping made an important speech for the New Year.
I have said before many commentators complain that China does not advise its intentions in advance. China does but it does it in a Chinese way. This speech contains many key features about the transition of the economy, the new commitment that requires, and China’s preparedness to protect its core interests. Most of all it is about China’s journey to free the people of China from feudalism and build a new nation of a sustainable developed economy , with broad benefits and which looks to be regional citizen opening up the vast single land mass from the Pacific to the Atlantic and South to Africa.
China is on a journey to the 22nd century and we are in the first half of that journey.
No twitters for the President of China – this is well thought through and prepared.
China can be a key engine of world growth for the next 80 years as it has been for the last 40. Engaging with China positively is the duty of all nations leaders. This speech shows why that needs to be taken seriously and serious ways found to achieve a good long term outcome for all.
The world experienced resisting the rise of the USA and other nations in the first half of the 20th century. The world paid a high price. In the second half of the 20th century those conflicts were put to one side and the world flourished.
We can choose to learn from both and focus on the latter. All nations have a duty to take the world’s challenges seriously.
I hope you enjoy this video and the text below.
FULL TEXT OF PRESIDENT XI’S ADDRESS
Comrades, friends, ladies and gentlemen,
The year of 2016 is coming to an end, and the bell of the New Year is going to ring. At this happy moment of ringing out the old year and ringing in the new, I would like to extend my New Year wishes to people from all ethnic groups across China, to our compatriots from Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions, to our compatriots from Taiwan region and overseas, and to friends from all countries and regions across the world.
For the Chinese people, the year of 2016 is not only outstanding but also unforgettable. We made a good start of the 13th 5-year National Development Period which spans from 2016 to 2020. We actively carried out the new development concept, accelerated the process of building a moderately prosperous society in an all-round way, maintained our economic growth ranking the first in the world. We vigorously pushed forward the comprehensive deepening of reform, made important steps in terms of supply-side structural reform, achieved remarkable breakthroughs in the reform of national defense and the military, and the main frame of reform in all fields with “multiple pillars” has been established. We actively promoted the building of a law-based governance of the country, deepened the reform on the judicial system, enhanced judicial justice in an all-round way, and maintained social fairness and justice. We vigorously pushed forward the exercise of our Party’s strict governance in every respect, unswervingly cracked down on both “tigers” and “flies”, in a bid to purify our political ecosystem, and continue to improve our Party and our government’s working style, as well as our social conduct.
In the year of 2016, the Chinese “sky-eye” single-aperture spherical telescope came into use officially, the “WuKong” dark matter detection satellite was under operation in the orbit for a year, the “Mozi” quantum satellite was launched into space, the Shenzhou-11 manned spaceship and the Tiangong-2 space lab traveled through the Galaxy, the Chinese Olympians made outstanding achievements, including the Chinese Women’s Volleyball team’s becoming the Olympic champion again, which is 12 years after they won the title. Furthermore, our reform measures have made it a little easier for rural migrant workers to settle down in urban areas, and the condition for many children from impoverished areas to receive education has also improved, people don’t need to shuttle back and forth between different places when they apply for an identity card in non-native places, some people without permanent household residence for a long time can finally get access to social welfare, many people even have got their own family doctors, and “river chiefs” will be appointed across China for better protection of water resources against pollution in the country. All those efforts make us feel a sense of achievement.
In the year of 2016, near the beautiful West Lake in Hangzhou city, we held the 11th G20 Leaders’ Summit, we shared our thoughts with world leaders and proposed our ideas, and also presented to the world the magnificent, impressive and elegant image of China. The projects under “One Belt and One Road” Initiative was also pushed forward, and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank officially started operation. We have adhered to the peaceful development while resolutely safeguarding the territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests of China. We will never tolerate any act that undermines our territorial sovereignty and maritime rights.
In the year of 2016, natural disasters and industrial accidents took place in many places across China, bringing severe losses on people’s life and property, as well as production. We deeply regret those mishaps. On the international front, a few comrades from China’s peacekeeping troops have sacrificed their lives while serving their duty to safeguard world peace, we mourn the loss of these soldiers and will repay high tribute to them by taking a good care of their loved ones.
In the year of 2016, we held grand ceremonies to mark a series of important anniversaries including the 95th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of China, and the 80th anniversary of the triumph of the Long March by the Red Army of Chinese workers and peasants. We will always cherish the memory of the forefathers who have made great contributions to the Chinese people and the Chinese nation. We will remain committed to our mission, and continue to forge ahead.
Comrades, friends, ladies and gentlemen,
An ancient saying goes, “the world moves on in a never-ending process of the new replacing the old.” In the upcoming year of 2017, the Communist Party of China will convene its 19th national congress, an occasion to renew our commitment to the comprehensive building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects, to the comprehensive deepening of reforms, to the comprehensive advancement of rule of law, and to the comprehensive exercising of self-governance of the party. No fruit will be reaped without hard work. We will be rewarded with achievements only after tireless endeavors.
We will make sure that no one is left behind on our way to prosperity. Over the past year, 10 million more people across the country have been lifted out of poverty. I would like to pay high tribute and express appreciation to the comrades who have worked tremendously in grass root units in fighting poverty. As we greet the New Year, there is one thing that remains most dearly attached to my heart. That is those fellow citizens who still live in hardship. I’m seriously concerned and wonder how their food supply and accommodation are being maintained, how they are celebrating the New Year and the Spring Festival. I’m aware that some folks are faced with difficulties in employment, children’s education, medical care and housing. To ceaselessly solve those problems remain an unshirkable responsibility for the party and the government. The whole party and the whole society should show continued care and offer help to those fellow citizens living in poverty. We will enable more people to enjoy the fruit of our reforms, and ultimately let all the people in this country live in happiness.
As one saying goes, “success comes to those who share in one purpose”. So long as the 1.3 billion people pull together in forging ahead, the party stands identified with the people, and the nation remains mobilized for brand new endeavors, we will surely accomplish the Long March of our generation.
Comrades, friends, ladies and gentlemen,
The Chinese people have always believed that the world is a commonwealth. We Chinese not only aspire for good living for ourselves, but also hope people in other parts of the world lead a descent life. At present, people in certain countries and regions are still troubled in wars and turbulence; many are suffering from diseases and disasters. We sincerely hope the international community will make concerted effort, work in the belief that mankind shares the same fate as a community, and build our planet into a more peaceful and prosperous place to live in.
May the chime of the New Year consolidate our confidence and re-ignite our aspiration for an even better tomorrow!