Xi’s Lunar New Year Speech Inspires Nation

(Xinhua News Agency, Jan. 27, 2017. Complete text:) Beijing - The President’s latest appeal for diligence and hard work has sparked heated discussion and spread inspiration and confidence across the nation.

Xi Jinping, who is also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, extended Spring Festival greetings to all Chinese Thursday [Jan. 26] at a reception in Beijing on behalf of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the State Council.

The reception was presided over by Li Keqiang. Other leaders including Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan and Zhang Gaoli were also present.

This year’s Spring Festival, or Chinese Lunar New Year, falls on Jan. 28.

Addressing the event, Xi lauded China’s continued economic growth as well as the deepened reform it underwent in 2016, pointing to improved lives of the people, advanced rule of law and strict governance of the CPC, as well as progress made in the war against poverty.

China’s rural population living in poverty decreased from 770 million to 55.75 million between 1978 and 2015.

An additional 10 million people shook off poverty last year, and China aims to help at least another 10 million become members of the well-off society this year.

For decades, poverty alleviation has been a top priority on China’s policy agenda. Just this week Xi said, during an inspection tour to north China’s Hebei Province, that fighting poverty is the fundamental task in building an all-round moderately prosperous society.

But he said poverty alleviation is getting more and more difficult as it nears the end.

His words were echoed by Tang Jianzhen, an official in charge of poverty alleviation and development with the Henan Mongolian Autonomous County in northwest China’s Qinghai Province.

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