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Chinese President Greets the World on New Year


Ladies and Gentlemen, Comrades and Friends,

As the clock counts down the few remaining hours to the Year 2005, through China Radio International, China National Radio and China Central Television, I am very delighted to extend my best wishes to Chinese people of all ethnic groups, people in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Macao Special Administrative Region, and in Taiwan, overseas Chinese and friends of all countries in the world.

In 2004, Chinese people worked hard and made new strides in creating a well-off society in an all round way, and pushing forward the country's socialist modernization drive. This year, guided by the Deng Xiaoping Theory and the important thought of "Three Represents", we set up a human-oriented and sustainable development concept. We have deepened our reform and opening-up, promoted economic development and maintained social stability. The national economy has maintained a good growth; the construction of a political and spiritual civilization has made new achievements; and Chinese people's lives further improved. At the Fourth Plenary Session of the 16th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, we summarized our experience in governance and mapped out a blue print for further improving our governing capability. At present, the Chinese people of all ethnic groups are working hard to achieve national prosperity and rejuvenation, social harmony and people's well-being

In the past year, we held high the banner of promoting peace, development and cooperation, adhered to the independent foreign policy of peace, and adhered to peaceful development. We made great efforts to safeguard world peace and promote common development by playing a constructive role in a series of important issues concerning world peace and regional development. And we have also promoted friendly exchanges and cooperation between China and many other countries around the world.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Comrades and Friends!

2005 will be the final year of China tenth five-year development plan. It will also be an important year in building a well-off society in an all round way. We will observe the concept of scientific development, concentrate on economic development, continue to strengthen and improve macro-controls, accelerate economic restructuring, promote reform and opening-up, strive to achieve a rapid and stable development of the economy, push forward the construction of political and spiritual civilization, try to create a harmonious society and push forward the cause of building socialism with Chinese characteristics.

In handling the affairs of Hong Kong and Macao, we will continue to implement the principles of "One Country, Two Systems", "Hong Kong People Governing Hong Kong", "Macao people Governing Macao" and "a High Degree of Autonomy", and strictly observe the Basic Law on Hong Kong and the Basic Law on Macao. We will support the chief executives and regional governments of Hong Kong and Macao in governing their respective regions by law. We will also tighten economic and trade links between the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong and Macao, while maintaining the long-term prosperity and stability of the two regions.

We will adhere to the principle of "One Country, Two Systems" and the "Eight-Point Proposal" to promote the exchange of people from both sides of the Taiwan Straits as well as economic and cultural exchange across the Straits. We will make every effort with our utmost sincerity to achieve a peaceful reunification of the country. We are willing to resume cross-strait dialogue at an earliest possible date on the basis of the "One China" principle. However, we will never allow anybody to separate Taiwan from China. Here I would like to once again call on all Chinese people, including Taiwan compatriots, to unite in their opposition to and contain secessionist forces and "Taiwan independence", in order to realize national reunification as soon as possible.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Comrades and Friends!

The world is undergoing profound changes, but peace and development is still the theme of the era. The trends of world multi-polarization and economic globalization are developing with twists. Science and technology are progressing every day, bringing new opportunities for all countries around the world. However, some unstable and uncertain factors to world peace and development are also on rise, with regional conflict, terrorism, the gap between north and south, environmental degradation, and trade barriers challenging world peace and development.

Maintaining world peace and promoting common development is the shared goal of people in all countries. The Chinese are willing to work with everyone in the world to promote the establishment of a new international political and economic order that is just and rational, promote democratization of international relations, respect diversities in the world, help establish a new security concept and endeavour to realize a balanced and sustainable development of the world economy. Chinese people are deeply sympathetic to people still suffering from warfare, conflicts, hunger and poverty. We sincerely hope they will walk on the road of peace and development as soon as possible; and we are willing to do what we can in providing assistance in this regard. I believe that as long as people around the world and politicians with vision give the future of humanity and common interests top priority while seeking peace and development through cooperation and jointly overcoming difficulties on the road of development, we will be able to create a better future for human kind.

Finally, I wish you all happiness and good health in the new year!"

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