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Managers and employees of China Minmetals Corporation watched the live broadcast of the conference held to commemorate the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening-up policy
2018-12-19

On the morning of December 18, a conference was held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing to commemorate the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening-up policy. General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, President of the State, and Chairman of the Central Military Commission Xi Jinping delivered a keynote speech at the conference. The speech focused on the country's drive to realize the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation, achievements made by China in the past four decades, valuable experience gained by the country in the implementation of the reform and opening-up policy, and the continuation of the policy in the new era. Tang Fuping, chairman and secretary of the leading Party members' group of China Minmetals Corporation (CMC), and Guo Wenqing, general manager and deputy secretary of the leading Party members' group of CMC, attended the conference at the Great Hall of the People. Members of the leading Party members' group and the majority of managers and employees of CMC watched the live broadcast of the conference on TV or the Internet.

In his speech, Xi Jinping emphasized that the achievements made by China in the past four decades have eloquently proven that the path, theory, system, and culture of socialism with Chinese characteristics pioneered in the wake of the Third Plenary Session of the 11th CPC Central Committee by the Chinese people of all ethnic groups rallying under the leadership of the CPC are completely correct, and the CPC basic theory, line and policy that have since taken shape are completely correct. The development of China over the past four decades has significant implications for other developing countries as they strive for modernization. China's development has effectively served the cause of world peace and development and represents a great contribution of the Chinese nation to the progress of human civilization. The 40-year practice has fully proved that reform and opening-up is an important magic weapon used by the CPC and the people to catch up with the times. The reform and opening-up policy is the only way to uphold and develop socialism with Chinese characteristics. It is a key move that determined the fate of contemporary China and also the key to the realization of the two centenary goals and the goal of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

Xi emphasized that the Party made the historic decision of going for reform and opening-up, based on a profound grasp of the future of the Party and of the country, on an in-depth review of the experience gained in socialist revolution and development, on keen insights into the trends of the times, and on a thorough understanding of people's aspirations and needs. The reform and opening-up is a great reawakening of the CPC, nurturing great creativity in both theory and practice for the Party It is the great revolution that propelled a quantum leap forward in the cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics.

He also pointed out that the founding of the Communist Party of China, the founding of the People's Republic of China, and the pursuit of reform and opening-up and socialism with Chinese characteristics were the milestones on the way toward great national rejuvenation in modern times. They represent three historic events that took place after the May Fourth Movement in 1919. The CPC leadership team with Chairman Mao Zedong at its center ultimately won a great victory in the New-Democratic Revolution and founded the People's Republic of China, laying the political and institutional foundation for all progress that China has made in the modern era. The CPC leadership team with Deng Xiaoping at its center made a historic decision to shift the focus of the Party and the country to economic growth and pursue reform and opening-up, and successfully established socialism with Chinese characteristics. The CPC leadership team with Jiang Zemin at its center set the goals of the reform and created a basic framework for the socialist market economic system, opened up new horizons for all-round reform and opening-up, and injected vitality socialism with Chinese characteristics to ensure it fits for the 21st century. The CPC leadership team with Hu Jintao at its center stuck to a sustainable, people-oriented, well-coordinated development path, continued to modernize and strengthen the capacity building of the Party, and successfully upheld and developed socialism with Chinese characteristics from a new historical starting point.

Xi reaffirmed that, since the 18th National Congress of the CPC, the whole Party and the Chinese people of all ethnic groups has rallied under the leadership of the CPC Central Committee to comprehensively examine the new situation at home and abroad. By summing up experience and looking into the future, the Party has found the answers to the following questions: What kind of socialism with Chinese characteristics should China uphold and advance in the new era? How to uphold and advance, form a new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era? He also emphasized the continuation of the "five-in-one" blueprint and the Four-Pronged Comprehensive Strategy and the principle of seeking progress through stability. He proposed a series of new concepts and strategies to guide the work of the Party and the development of the country and to push for historic changes and achievements. Socialism with Chinese characteristics has crossed the threshold into a new era, Xi Jinping said.

Xi Jinping pointed out that hardships make us stronger. Over the past four decades, the Party has removed the ideological shackles on our reform endeavor and bravely forged ahead to create a better country for the people. The country has entered a new phase, a new century, and a new era, and stood at a new starting point. The achievements made by China so far are a testament to the hard work of the Chinese people have put forward over the past four decades under the leadership of the CPC.

Xi Jinping summed up the remarkable achievements made by China on the theoretical, economic, political, cultural, social, ecological, national defense and diplomatic fronts, as well as related to the reunification of the country and party building. He stressed that what China has achieved in the past 40 years is not God-sent, even less a gift from others. It is the result of the hard work, wisdom and courage of all members of the Party and people of all ethnic groups across the country. In just a few decades, China has completed an industrialization process that took developed countries several hundred years. The Chinese people have achieved what was once deemed impossible. We are immensely proud of our fellow country men and women who have worked an unprecedented miracle.

Xi pointed out that the valuable experience accumulated during the 40 years of reform and opening-up is a spiritual treasure of the Party and the Chinese people. It has extremely important implications for the development of socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era. We should leverage the experience wisely and continue to enrich and expand it. First, we must see to it that the Party exercises leadership over all work and keeps improving its way of leadership; strengthen the consciousness of the need to maintain political integrity, think in big-picture terms, follow the leadership core, and keep in alignment; fortify the Chinese people's confidence in the socialist path, theories, system and culture with Chinese characteristics; safeguard the authority of the CPC Central Committee and its centralized, unified leadership; and ensure that the reform stays on the right path. Second, we must adhere to a people-oriented approach and keep delivering on the aspirations of the people for a better life; pay attention to the people's wishes, interests and demands and strive to improve the people's livelihoods; ensure the people can truly benefit from the reform and opening-up; and inspire the people to participate in the reform and opening-up and the modernization drive toward socialist China. Third, we must uphold Marxism as our guiding ideology and explore theoretical innovations based on practice, bravely face the challenges of the times, always keep the people's interest in mind, and open up new horizons for Marxism. Fourth, we must stay on the path of, and develop, socialism with Chinese characteristics, and firmly hold the steering wheel of the reform and opening-up. Fifth, we must improve, develop and consolidate the system of socialism with Chinese characteristics, and harness and enhance the advantages of our system. Sixth, we must continue to take development as the top priority, enhance our composite national strength, promote sustainable economic and social development, and lay a solid material foundation for the development of socialism with Chinese characteristics and the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. Seventh, we must stay committed to reform and opening-up and promote joint efforts to build a community with a shared future for mankind. We should hold high the banner of peace, development, cooperation, and win-win cooperation, safeguard international fairness and justice, promote democracy in international relations, actively contribute to the reform and development of the global governance system, and promote trade and investment liberalization and facilitation. Eighth, we must exercise full and rigorous governance over the Party to strengthen its capacity to innovate, power to unite, and energy to fight, build up the Party's capability to lead politically and ideologically, increase its social influence, resolutely fight corruption and strengthen the ties between the Party and the people. Ninth, we must maintain the world view and methodology of dialectical and historical materialism, strike a balance between reform, development and stability, encourage bold trials, stick to the principle of seeking truth from facts, keep in mind that "pursue excellence and success will follow", and steadily advance he reform and opening-up policy.

We must bolster our military defenses by adopting a method that best fits our country, uphold the Party's absolute leadership over the military, comprehensively deepen the reform of the national defense and the army, and build a strong, world-class army that possesses integrity, follows the Party's and is dedicated to protecting the people, safeguarding the sovereignty, security, and interests of the country, maintaining world peace and stability, and supporting the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, said Xi.

Xi Jinping also pointed out that we mus continue to uphold the principles of "one country, two systems" which allows Hong Kong and Macau to retain their established system under a high degree of autonomy, strictly obey the Constitution and the Basic Law, support the integration of Hong Kong and Macao into the national economy, encourage the people of Hong Kong and Macao to participate in the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, and create opportunities to enable them to benefit from the prosperity of the motherland. It is a shared aspiration of all Chinese people and in their basic interests to safeguard China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and realize China's complete reunification. We must uphold the "One China" principle and the 1992 Consensus, promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, strengthen cross-Strait economic and cultural ties, and improve the livelihood of people on both sides of the Strait.

Xi emphasized that we cannot achieve a dream by just saying it aloud. We must take action. China is like a ship at a critical period now, where we face even more turbulent waves or even steeper mountains as we move ahead. But we have to move forward, and if we do not advance, we will be pulled backward. Despite the remarkable achievements we have made, the challenges ahead of the Party and the Chinese people of all ethnic groups are even more arduous and difficult. In this competitive era, we can't afford to be complacent or hesitate. We must forge valiantly and unswervingly ahead along the right road,

Xi stressed that, since entering the modern era, the Chinese people have experienced too many difficulties and setbacks, sacrificed too much and worked too hard. Now, the Chinese people's shared dream - the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation - has gained unstoppable momentum. The entire Party and the Chinese people of all ethnic groups should be more closely united around the Central Committee of the CPC, hold high the great banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics, remain true to the original aspiration, keep our mission firmly in mind, ensure the reform and opening-up stays the course, keep delivering on the aspirations of the people for a better life and produce miracles that will impress the world in the new era.

After listening to the important speech of General Secretary Xi Jinping, the leading Party members' group of CMC unanimously agreed that General Secretary Xi Jinping's speech was profound and inspiring and provided important guidance for the implementation of the reform and opening-up policy in the new era. The General Secretary summed up the valuable experience gained in the forty years of reform and opening-up and outlined nine key tasks for the future. If we take a look at the fourteen bullet points outlined at the 19th National Congress of the CPC in relation to the development of socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era, we can find there are three common points, namely, "we must see to it that the Party exercises leadership over all work," "we must adhere to a people-oriented approach" and "we must exercise full and rigorous governance over the Party." The three bullet points have been at the core of China's reform over the past four decades. They will remain central to the future development of the country. As an enterprise controlled by the central government, CMC and our leading Party members' group should further strengthen our consciousness of the need to maintain political integrity, think in big-picture terms, follow the leadership core, and keep in alignment; fortify our confidence in the socialist path, theories, system and culture with Chinese characteristics; safeguard the authority of the CPC Central Committee and its centralized, unified leadership. We must conscientiously study and implement Xi Jinping's Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, and perform our responsibilities related to party building in accordance with the requirements set out at the National SOE Party Building Conference, strengthen overall design and supervision of implementation, strive to build a world-class metals and minerals group, and contribute to the reform and opening-up and the development of our country.

 

 

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