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To Celebrate the 68th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China, the State Council Holds National Day Reception
Xi Jinping, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan and others Attend Reception
Li Keqiang Delivers Speech and Zhang Gaoli Chairs Reception

On the evening of September 30, 2017, the State Council held a national day reception at the Great Hall of the People to warmly celebrate the 68th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. The Party and state leaders such as Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan and Zhang Gaoli and over 1,200 Chinese and foreign attendees gathered together to celebrate the national day.

The banquet hall of the Great Hall of the People was beautifully lit and filled with guests and the atmosphere was joyous and warm. The solemn national emblem was hung above the rostrum. Against the background of the bright red flag, the large-scale figures "1949-2017" were shining.

At around 5:30 p.m., while Xi Jinping and other Party and state leaders entered the banquet hall in the joyful tune of welcome, all the attendees burst into warm applause.

At the beginning of the reception, the military band played the March of the Volunteers, and all the attendees stood up and sang the national anthem. Then Premier Li Keqiang addressed the reception. On behalf of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the State Council, he sent holiday greetings to the Chinese people of all ethnic groups, extended his kind greetings to compatriots from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan and overseas compatriots, and expressed heartfelt thanks to all the international friends who care for and support China's modernization construction.

Li Keqiang said that under the strong leadership of the CPC in the past sixty-eight years, the people of all ethnic groups throughout the country have worked together to compose a spectacular poem of the magnificent socialist revolution, construction and reform. Since the 18th CPC National Congress, the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core has grasped the development trend of today's world and contemporary China, conformed to practical requirements and the people's wishes, and launched a series of major strategic initiatives and major guidelines and policies to push the magnificent cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics for historic new achievements.

Li Keqiang pointed out that this year, in the face of complicated and ever-changing international situation, arduous and heavy reform and development tasks, under the strong leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core, we firmly adhere to the overall tone of steady work, and take the promotion of the supply-side structural reform as the main line, thus maintaining a stable and sound economic development momentum, improving the quality and efficiency greatly, continuing to increase the urban employment at a high level. We continue improving the people's living standards, achieve prominent outcomes in the poverty alleviation program, and control the risks of key areas in a better way. We have forged many prominent highlights, especially in the optimization of the economic structure in a rapid way, the continuous settlement of overcapacity, the flourishing development of entrepreneurship and innovation and the growth of new momentum. We solemnly commemorated the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army, demonstrating the new achievements in national defense and military modernization.

We warmly celebrated the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the motherland. For the first time, the Macao Garrison of the People's Liberation Army assisted the government and citizens of Macao Special Administrative Region in disaster relief in accordance with the law. These have further strengthened the sense of belonging to the motherland and the confidence to build a better future of compatriots in Hong Kong and Macao. The principle of "One Country, Two Systems" shows its strong vitality. Through successful hosting of the first Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation and the BRICS Xiamen Summit, we worked closely with the international community to open up promising prospects to win-win cooperation.

Li Keqiang said that we are so proud of our existing achievements. Great goals are motivating hundreds of millions of people to make unremitting efforts. We will maintain stable and sound economic development, implement new development concepts and deeply promote the supply-side structural reform by the promotion of reform, opening-up and innovation. We will create an environment that encourages innovation, hard work and responsibility-sharing. We will constantly boost the level of productivity, strengthen comprehensive competence and risk resistance capacity, and improve the quality and the benefits of development. We will elevate social progress to a new level, comprehensively promote law-based governance to push forward social fairness and justice, and develop all social undertakings to innovate and improve social governance. We will continue increasing people's well-being, well implementing the development visions that put people first, take solid and targeted efforts to tackle poverty, and overcome difficulties to bring more benefits to the people. We will ensure that the people's essential needs are well met, and that our people will have fewer worries and complaints and enjoy a greater sense of gain and happiness.

Li Keqiang expressed that we will continue to implement the principle of "one country, two systems," under which the people of Hong Kong govern Hong Kong and the people of Macao govern Macao and both regions enjoy a high degree of autonomy, act in strict accordance with the Constitution and Basic Law, and support Hong Kong and Macao to remain prosperous and stable for a long time; We will continue following the one-China policy and the political basis of 1992 Consensus, firmly oppose "Taiwan independence", and unite all the power that supports the peaceful development of cross-strait relations including Taiwan compatriots to work persistently toward the complete reunification of the motherland. We will continue pursuing an independent foreign policy of peace, firmly uphold national sovereignty, security and development interests, adhere to win-win cooperation and common development, open wider to the outside world, and make China's contributions to improving global governance and promoting world peace and development.

Li Keqiang finally said, the forthcoming 19th CPC National Congress is of vital importance being held at a crucial stage of building moderately prosperous society and developing socialism with Chinese characteristics. We should rally closely around the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core, falling into line and working hard to create new glories in the historical journey of implementing the "Two Centennial Goals" and realizing the Chinese Dream of the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

With the sound of cheerful music, both domestic and overseas friends and guests toasted to congratulate the 68th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, wishing prosperity and strength for China, happiness and health for the Chinese people and long-lasting friendship and cooperation between Chinese people and all people around the world.

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

Members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee in Beijing, members of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee, Vice Chairmen of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, Vice Premiers, State Councilors, President of the Supreme People's Court, Procurator-General of the Supreme People's Procuratorate, Vice Chairmen of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and comrades retiring from the leadership positions, as well as members and former members of the Central Military Commission, attended the reception.

The heads of departments concerning CPC, government, military and people affairs of the CPC Central Committee, principal leaders of the Central Committee of other democratic parties and the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce, representatives of non-party personages, relevant leaders of Beijing, the "Order of August 1" winners, representatives of the National Model Worker and the Advanced Characters, representatives of people who have made great contributions to the stability, development and unity of the ethnic groups and regions, individuals from Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Macao Special Administrative Region, Taiwan compatriots and Chinese in Beijing, overseas Chinese representatives, some foreign guests visiting Beijing, international celebrities, foreign diplomatic envoys in China, representatives of international organizations in China, as well as some foreign experts and their spouses, attended the reception.

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