President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, delivers an important speech at a ceremony marking the centenary of the CPC in Beijing, capital of China, July 1, 2021. (JU PENG / XINHUA)
BEIJING - Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, announced on Thursday that China has realized the first centenary goal - 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, also Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, said at a ceremony marking the CPC's centenary.
The CPC and the Chinese people, through tenacious struggle, have shown the world that China's national rejuvenation has become a historical inevitability, said President Xi Jinping
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The CPC has united and led the Chinese people over the past 100 years for one ultimate theme - bringing about the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation - Xi said.
The CPC and the Chinese people, through tenacious struggle, have shown the world that China's national rejuvenation has become a historical inevitability, said Xi.
They have shown the world that the Chinese nation has achieved the tremendous transformation from standing up and growing prosperous to becoming strong, Xi added.
"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," Xi said, stressing the need to strengthen the great unity of the Chinese people.
China welcomes helpful suggestions, but will not accept sanctimonious preaching, said Xi.
Any attempt to divide the Party from the Chinese people or to set the people against the Party is bound to fail, Xi said.
"We have never bullied, oppressed, or subjugated the people of any other country, and we never will," Xi said.
China has always worked to safeguard world peace, contribute to global development, and preserve international order, Xi said, calling for continuous efforts to promote the building of a human community with a shared future.
China will elevate its armed forces to world-class standards so that "we are equipped with greater capacity and more reliable means for safeguarding our national sovereignty, security, and development interests," Xi said.
The people's military is a strong pillar for safeguarding the socialist country and preserving national dignity, and a powerful force for protecting regional and world peace, he noted.
A ceremony marking the centenary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) is held at Tian'anmen Square in Beijing, capital of China, July 1, 2021. (CHEN ZHONGHAO / XINHUA)
CPC's founding spirit 'a source of strength'
The great founding spirit of the CPC is the Party's source of strength, said the president.
He said the founding spirit, developed by the pioneers of Communism in China, consists of the following principles: upholding truth and ideals, staying true to the original aspiration and founding mission, fighting bravely without fear of sacrifice, and remaining loyal to the Party and faithful to the people.
In the course of our struggles over the past century, the Party has always placed the united front in a position of importance.
The firm leadership of the CPC must be upheld, Xi said, nothing that the leadership of the Party is the defining feature of socialism with Chinese characteristics and constitutes the greatest strength of this system.
It is the foundation and lifeblood of the Party and the country, and the crux upon which the interests and wellbeing of all Chinese people depend, he added.
"In the course of our struggles over the past century, the Party has always placed the united front in a position of importance," he said.
Xi called on the Party to uphold and develop socialism with Chinese characteristics.
As we have upheld and developed socialism with Chinese characteristics and driven coordinated progress in material, political, cultural-ethical, social, and ecological terms, we have pioneered a new and uniquely Chinese path to modernization, and created a new model for human civilization, Xi said.
"We will use Marxism to observe, understand, and steer the trends of our times, and continue to develop the Marxism of contemporary China and in the 21st century," Xi said.
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The CPC is rallying and leading the Chinese people on a new journey toward realizing the second centenary goal, Xi noted.
"It is certain that with the firm leadership of the Party and the great unity of the Chinese people of all ethnic groups, we will achieve the goal of building a great modern socialist country in all respects and fulfill the Chinese Dream of great national rejuvenation," Xi said.
In the new era, the young people should make it their mission to contribute to national rejuvenation and aspire to become more proud, confident, and assured in their identity as Chinese people, Xi said
The future belongs to the young people, and the hopes also rest with them, Xi said.
In the new era, the young people should make it their mission to contribute to national rejuvenation and aspire to become more proud, confident, and assured in their identity as Chinese people so that they can live up to the expectations of the times, the Party, and the people, he said.
The president summed up the four great successes achieved by the CPC in the past century.
- The Party unites and leads the Chinese people in fighting bloody battles with unyielding determination, achieving great success in the new-democratic revolution.
- The Party unites and leads the Chinese people in endeavoring to build a stronger China with a spirit of self-reliance, achieving great success in socialist revolution and construction.
- The Party unites and leads the Chinese people in freeing the mind and forging ahead, achieving great success in reform, opening up, and socialist modernization.
- The Party unites and leads the Chinese people in pursuing a great struggle, a great project, a great cause, and a great dream through a spirit of self-confidence, self-reliance, and innovation, achieving great success for socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era.
Tribute to veteran revolutionaries, martyrs
In his speech, Xi called for cherishing the memory of veteran revolutionaries and revolutionary martyrs.
He said Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, Liu Shaoqi, Zhu De, Deng Xiaoping, Chen Yun and other veteran revolutionaries had contributed greatly to China's revolution, construction, and reform, and to the founding, consolidation, and development of the CPC.
He also paid tribute to revolutionary martyrs who bravely laid down their lives to establish, defend and develop the People's Republic; people who dedicated their lives to China's reform, opening up, and socialist modernization; and those who fought tenaciously for China's national independence and liberation of the people in modern times.
Their great contributions will be immortalized in the annals of history and their noble spirit will live on forever in the hearts of the Chinese people, Xi said.
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