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The Reception in Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC) Grandly Held in Beijing Xi Jinping Delivers an Important Speech Li Keqiang Chairs the Reception, and Li Zhanshu, Wang Yang, Wang Huning, Zhao Leji, Han Zheng and Wang Qishan Are Present

On the evening of September 30, 2019, the reception in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC) was grandly held at the Great Hall of the People. Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Chinese President and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, attended the reception and delivered an important speech. He emphasized, in our new journey, we must hold high the banner of unity and rally closely around the CPC Central Committee. We must cement the great unity of all our ethnic groups, and strengthen the great unity of all Chinese sons and daughters at home and abroad and of all political parties, organizations, ethnic groups, social strata and fronts. We must maintain the close bond between the CPC and the people and promote patriotism. Thus we will create an unparalleled force that will power the ship of our national renewal to clip waves and reach its destination.

Li Keqiang chaired the reception. Li Zhanshu, Wang Yang, Wang Huning, Zhao Leji, Han Zheng and Wang Qishan were present. Over 4,000 Chinese and foreign attendees gathered together to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the PRC.

The banquet hall of the Great Hall of the People was beautifully lit and decorated with flowers in bloom, and the festival 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 "1949-2019" were quite eye-catching.

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

At the beginning of the reception, all the attendees stood up and sang the national anthem. The solemn and majestic March of the Volunteers echoed in the hall.

Amid the resonant tune, Xi Jinping walked onto the rostrum and delivered an important speech. On behalf of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, he paid high tribute to the Chinese people of all ethnic groups and all CPC members, to officers and men of the People's Liberation Army and members of the armed police, and to all the other political parties and personages with no party affiliations in China. He conveyed sincere greetings to fellow Chinese in the Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions (SAR), in Taiwan and residing abroad. He also expressed heartfelt thanks to all the countries and international friends who have given support and help to the development of New China.

In his speech, Xi Jinping pointed out, over the past 70 years, under the strong leadership of the CPC, the Chinese people, with great courage and relentless exploration, have successfully opened the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics. Along this path, we have ushered in a new era. Having caught up with the world in great strides, we are now marching forward at the forefront of the times with boundless energy. Over the past 70 years, the Chinese people, with perseverance and strenuous efforts, have made development achievements that are the marvel of the world. Absolute poverty, which has haunted the Chinese nation for thousands of years, will soon become a thing of the past. This will be a great miracle in human history. Over the past 70 years, the Chinese people, upholding an independent foreign policy of peace, have forged ahead along the path of peaceful development. Guided by the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, we have deepened friendship and cooperation with other countries and made an important contribution to building a community with a shared future for mankind and advancing the noble cause of peace and development for humanity. The Chinese nation has realized a tremendous transformation: it has stood up, grown rich and is becoming stronger; it has come to embrace the brilliant prospects of national renewal.

Xi Jinping stressed, unity is iron and steel; unity is a source of strength. It is what has enabled the Chinese people and the Chinese nation to move forward against all risks and challenges, from one victory to another.

Xi Jinping pointed out, we will continue to fully and faithfully implement the principles of "One Country, Two Systems", "Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong", "Macao people administering Macao" and a high degree of autonomy. We will act in strict accordance with the Constitution and the Basic Laws. We are confident that with the full backing of the motherland and the concerted efforts of our fellow Chinese in Hong Kong and Macao who love the motherland as well as their communities, Hong Kong and Macao will prosper and progress alongside the mainland and embrace an even brighter future. We will uphold the one-China principle and the "1992 Consensus", promote the peaceful development of relations across the Taiwan Strait, and deepen cross-Strait economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation to the benefit of people on both sides. The complete reunification of the motherland is an inevitable trend; it is what the greater national interests entail and what all Chinese people aspire for. No one and no force can ever stop it.

Xi Jinping emphasized, we will hold high the banner of peace, development, cooperation and mutual benefit, and keep firmly to the path of peaceful development. We will stay committed to opening-up and work with people in all countries to build a community with a shared future for mankind, and to create a world bathed in peace and development.

Xi Jinping stressed, the Chinese people are great people, the Chinese nation is a great nation, and Chinese civilization is a great civilization. History will shed light on the future, and our journey ahead will be a long one. We are convinced that the Chinese people and the Chinese nation, with a proud civilization spanning over five millennia and great accomplishments during the past 70-year history of New China, will write a more brilliant chapter in our new journey toward the realization of the Two Centenary Goals and the Chinese Dream of great national renewal.

With the sound of cheerful music, both domestic and overseas friends and guests joined in a toast to congratulate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the PRC, wishing prosperity and strength for China, and long-lasting friendship between China and the rest of the world for shared happiness and a bright future.

Participants of the reception also included: Ding Xuexiang, Wang Chen, Liu He, Xu Qiliang, Sun Chunlan, Li Xi, Li Qiang, Li Hongzhong, Yang Jiechi, Yang Xiaodu, Zhang Youxia, Chen Xi, Chen Quanguo, Chen Miner, Hu Chunhua, Guo Shengkun, Huang Kunming, Cai Qi, Li Ruihuan, Wu Bangguo, Wen Jiabao, Jia Qinglin, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Song Ping, Li Lanqing, Zeng Qinghong, Wu Guanzheng, Li Changchun, He Guoqiang, Liu Yunshan, Zhang Gaoli, You Quan, Cao Jianming, Zhang Chunxian, Shen Yueyue, Ji Bingxuan, Arken Imirbaki, Wan Exiang, Chen Zhu, Wang Dongming, Padma Choling, Ding Zhongli, Hao Mingjin, Cai Dafeng, Wu Weihua, Wei Fenghe, Wang Yong, Wang Yi, Xiao Jie, Zhao Kezhi, Zhou Qiang, Zhang Jun, Zhang Qingli, Liu Qibao, Pagbalha Geleg Namgyai, Wan Gang, Edmund Ho Hau Wah, Lu Zhangong, Wang Zhengwei, Ma Biao, Chen Xiaoguang, Leung Chun-ying, Xia Baolong, Yang Chuantang, Li Bin, Bater, Wang Yongqing, He Lifeng, Su Hui, Zheng Jianbang, Gu Shengzu, Liu Xincheng, He Wei, Shao Hong, Gao Yunlong and Chi Haotian, Wang Lequan, Wang Zhaoguo, Hui Liangyu, Liu Qi, Cao Gangchuan, Zeng Peiyan, Wang Gang, Liu Yandong, Li Yuanchao, Ma Kai, Li Jianguo, Fan Changlong, Meng Jianzhu, Guo Jinlong, Wang Hanbin, He Yong, Du Qinglin, Zhao Hongzhu, Zou Jiahua, Peng Peiyun, He Luli, Xu Jialu, Jiang Zhenghua, Gu Xiulian, Raidi, Uyunqimg, Hua Jianmin, Chen Zhili, Zhou Tienong, Ismail Tiliwaldi, Jiang Shusheng, Sang Guowei, Wang Shengjun, Chen Changzhi, Yan Junqi, Zhang Ping, Qiangba Puncog, Zhang Baowen, Liang Guanglie, Chang Wanquan, Han Zhubin, Jia Chunwang, Song Jian, Hu Qili, Wang Zhongyu, Li Guixian, Hao Jianxiu, Xu Kuangdi, Zhang Huaixi, Li Meng, Bai Lichen, Chen Kuiyuan, Abdul'ahat Abdulrixit, Li Zhaozhuo, Huang Mengfu, Zhang Meiying, Zhang Rongming, Qian Yunlu, Sun Jiazheng, Li Jinhua, Zheng Wantong, Deng Pufang, Chen Zongxing, Wang Zhizhen, Han Qide, Luo Fuhe, Li Haifeng, Chen Yuan, Zhou Xiaochuan, Wang Jiarui, Qi Xuchun, Ma Peihua, Liu Xiaofeng, Wang Qinmin, Li Zuocheng, Miao Hua, Zhang Shengmin, Fu Quanyou, Yu Yongbo, Wang Ke, Chen Bingde, Li Jinai, Qiao Qingchen, Jing Zhiyuan, Zhao Keshi, Wu Shengli, Ma Xiaotian, Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Chief Executive of Macao SAR Fernando Chui Sai On, and incoming Chief Executive of Macao SAR Ho Iat Seng.

Main principals of departments relevant to the CPC, government, military and public affairs of the central government; main principals of Beijing; principal leaders of the Central Committees of other political parties and the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce; representatives of personages with no party affiliation in China; representatives of famous people from all walks of life; some deputies of the National People's Congress and members of the National Committee of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference; representatives of veteran generals, veterans of the Red Army and veteran cadres; spouses of deceased leaders of the CPC and state leaders and senior generals; representatives of awardees of the Medal of the Republic, the August 1 Medal and national titles of honor; representatives of the National Model Worker and the Advanced Characters in Beijing; representatives of models supporting the army, the families of military personnel and revolutionary martyrs, disabled revolutionary veterans and demobilized military personnel; some representatives of the national role models in the area of ethnic unity and progress and ethnic minority groups; and representatives from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan and overseas Chinese were present at the reception.

King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk of Cambodia who were recuperating in Beijing; representatives of the Friendship Medal winners; some foreign guests, international celebrities; famous friendly people and their spouses visiting Beijing; diplomatic envoys from various countries to China; representatives of international organizations in China and their spouses; and representatives of some foreign experts in China and their spouses were also present.

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