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State Council Holds Reception to Mark 66th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China

State Council Holds Reception to Mark 66th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China

Xi Jinping, Zhang Dejiang, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan and Others Attend, Li Keqiang Delivers Important Speech and Zhang Gaoli Chairs the Reception

On the evening of September 30, 2015, the State Council held a reception at the Great Hall of the People to warmly celebrate the 66th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan, Zhang Gaoli and other leaders of the Party and the government as well as over 1100 Chinese and foreign personages gathered together to celebrate the birthday of the People's Republic of China.

The Great Hall of the People was permeated with a warm and joyous atmosphere, with brilliantly lit lights, bloomed flowers and gathered guests and friends. The national emblem hang above the rostrum, the reign title of "1949-2015" in big font size shone brightly and the red national flags stood on both sides.

At around 17:30, with the joyous "a tune of welcome", Xi Jinping and other leaders of the Party and government stepped into the banquet hall and were welcomed by warm applause.

All the present stood up and sang the national anthem after the reception began. Premier Li Keqiang delivered an important speech. On behalf of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the State Council, he extended festive greetings to the Chinese people of all ethnic groups, sincere greetings to compatriots in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan as well as those in overseas Chinese communities, and heartfelt thanks to all the friends around the world who have cared for and supported China's modernization drive.

Li Keqiang noted that over the past 66 years, especially since the country embarked on reform and opening-up, we have made remarkable and universally acknowledged achievements in building socialism with Chinese characteristics, by relying on the wisdom and hard work of the Chinese people under the leadership of the CPC. This is evidenced by the marked rising of China's comprehensive national strength and international influence, by the gradual prosperity of the ordinary Chinese families, by greater development opportunities as enjoyed by Chinese citizens, as well as by the steady social progress.

Li Keqiang expressed that since the beginning of the year, under the strong leadership of the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the General Secretary, our people throughout the country have worked together to score new achievements in the various areas of endeavors. Facing a sluggish world economy and mounting downward pressure at home, we have adopted effective range-based, targeted and discretionary macro-regulation and promoted structural reform to ensure that China's economy continues to move in a positive direction despite some ups and downs. The economy still operates within a reasonable range, with the quality of development further improved, fresh progress made in structural adjustment, people's living standards further improved and systemic risks effectively checked. All of us will continue to make tenacious efforts, in line with the policy decisions and plans of the Party Central Committee and the State Council, and we will be able to meet the main goals and tasks of economic and social development for this year.

Li Keqiang pointed out that as the world's second biggest economy, it is not easy for China to maintain a growth rate of around 7 percent. And it will be even more challenging to build a brighter future from the new starting point. Facing opportunities and challenges, we must bear in mind our mission and the great trust people have placed on us, meet people's expectations in our work of governance, and continue to push forward reform, opening-up and socialist modernization drive.

Li Keqiang stressed that development is the surest way leading to national renewal and it is of top priority for China. We must further innovate the model of macro-regulation, actively expand domestic demand and adjust the structure of development in order to ensure a medium-high growth rate and move our economy towards a medium-high level of development. Reform and opening-up is the source of drive in development. We must steadfastly deepen reforms across the board. By driving the economy forward with innovation through such schemes as mass entrepreneurship and innovation, we can find additional pools of talent and resources and foster new drivers of growth. We must open still wider to the outside world, participating in global competition and cooperation at a higher and broader level and bringing about a win-win development. People's wellbeing is the scale to measure the effectiveness of reforms and development. We must make every effort necessary to increase employment, and we need to open up more ways to raise household income. We must address people's difficulties to ensure that children from poor families will no longer have to drop out of school, ordinary citizens will not be driven into despair by serious illness and young people, full of dreams to make innovation or to start their own business, will not be deprived of the opportunity because of unnecessary formalities. We will keep up efforts to improve the environment, thus delivering a greater sense of happiness to our people. The rule of law is the foundation stone in modern governance. We must fully advance China's law-based governance, speed up the building of a law-based government and a society on the basis of the rule of law, all to make the rule of law a key safeguard for social progress.

Li Keqiang said that we will stay committed to the principles of "one country, two systems", "the people of Hong Kong administering Hong Kong", "the people of Macao administering Macao" and a high degree of autonomy, and will support Hong Kong and Macao in ensuring prosperity, stability and harmony and continued progress. We will stay committed to the basic policy of peaceful reunification as the basis of "one country, two systems", and join our Taiwan compatriots in defending the overall national interests, sharing opportunities of development, carrying forward the common cultural heritage and building a community of shared future across the Straits. We will stay committed to the path of peaceful development and win-win cooperation, expand our converging interests with the rest of the world and work together to usher in a new era of peace and development of mankind.

Li Keqiang noted at last that our future depends on how well we now work. Let us rally closely around the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the General Secretary, hold high the great banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics, act in accordance with the four-pronged comprehensive strategy, and work hard and arduously so as to turn China into a modern socialist country that is strong, prosperous, democratic, culturally advanced and harmonious and realize the Chinese dream of great national renewal. (the full text of the speech will be attached).

In a merry music, the guests and friends from both home and abroad joined the toast to the 66th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, to the prosperity of our great motherland and the wellbeing of its people of all ethnic groups, and to the friendship and cooperation between the Chinese people and people around the world.

Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli chaired the reception.

Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), Vice Premier of State Council, State Councilor, President of Supreme People's Court, Procurator General of the Supreme People's Procuratorate, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), and other comrades retired from the leadership posts as well as members of Central Military Commission (CMC) and those who assumed the posts of CMC members in Beijing attended the reception.

Heads of relevant Party, government and military departments, representatives of various democratic parties and non-party democrats as well as heads of All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce, heads of Beijing Municipal Government, representatives of national model workers and excellent individuals in social practice, representatives of some compatriots from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan as well as those from overseas Chinese communities in Beijing, some foreign guests visiting China, well-known international celebrities, diplomatic envoys in China of various nations, representatives of international organizations in China, and some foreign experts as well as their spouses were also present at the reception.

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