Xi stresses unity of the family in festival speech
President Xi Jinping stressed reunion and the unity of families in achieving national prosperity and rejuvenation during his Spring Festival speech yesterday.
On behalf of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council, he extended Spring Festival greetings to all Chinese people at a festival reception at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, greeting all Chinese on the mainland, in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan and abroad.
“During the Spring Festival, when members of a family get together, we feel that reunion is happiness and unity is strength,” said Xi, who is also the Party’s general secretary as well as chairman of the Central Military Commission. Family has always been valued by the Chinese people, Xi said.
“Harmony in a family makes everything successful,” he added. “We should nurture and practice core socialist values, foster the traditional virtues of the Chinese nation, and love both family and the country.”
The president urged the people to integrate their personal and family dreams with the Chinese Dream.
“We should pool the wisdom and strength of more than 1.3 billion Chinese people in more than 400 million households to strive for the great success of socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era and realize the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation,” he said.
Xi encouraged Chinese people to work hard in the new era. “The new era belongs to those who work hard,” and happiness can only be earned by filling one’s life with endeavors, he said.
“There will be difficulties in our endeavor, but battling them will also purify our souls and strengthen our faith,” said Xi.
The president stressed that the great endeavor of upholding and developing socialism with Chinese characteristics will take generations, even dozens of generations, of hard work. Those fighting in these efforts will be the richest in spirit, and will have the most profound understanding of happiness.
Xi called on Party members to always focus their work on the aspirations of the people to live a better life, and to always fight for the people and with the people.
There should be both competition and solidarity in the endeavor, said Xi.
Reviewing the achievements made by the Chinese people over the last year, Xi said time is the “most objective witness.”
He praised the achievements in developing the economy, deepening reform, advancing law-based governance, improving people’s lives and fighting poverty, as well as the progress in national defense and building the armed forces, diplomacy on all fronts, and full and strict governance over the Party.
The president said this progress has “propelled the vessel of China toward new waters.”
Xi said these achievements were made by the Chinese people with their own hands and generations of continuous hard work and expressed the highest respect to the old generations of heroes, model workers, soldiers and comrades who contributed to China’s national independence, development and prosperity.
Noting that 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening-up policy, Xi said China has taken the great leap from “catching up with the times” to “leading the times.”