No force can ever undermine China’s status, or stop the Chinese people and nation from marching forward, President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday, China’s National Day.
Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks in a speech delivered at a grand rally in central Beijing to celebrate the 70th founding anniversary of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
“We gathered here today for a grand rally to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the PRC,” Xi said. “At this very moment, Chinese people of all ethnic groups and all the sons and daughters of the Chinese nation at home and abroad take pride in and joyfully give our best wishes to our great motherland.”
Xi remembered revolutionary forefathers and martyrs for their feats in pursuing national independence and liberation, a stronger and more prosperous country and the improvement of the people’s well-being.
He extended warm National Day congratulations to Chinese people of all ethnic groups and all compatriots at home and abroad, and expressed heartfelt gratitude to friends around the world for their support for China’s development.
“Seventy years ago on this day, Comrade Mao Zedong solemnly declared here to the world that the PRC was founded and the Chinese people had stood up,” Xi said on Tian’anmen Rostrum.
“This great event completely reversed China’s miserable fate born from poverty and weakness and being bullied and humiliated over more than 100 years since the advent of modern times,” Xi said, adding that the Chinese nation has since then embarked on the path of realizing national rejuvenation.
Over the past seven decades Chinese people of all ethnic groups have made great achievements that amazed the world through concerted efforts and arduous struggle, he said.
Xi stressed the importance of upholding the Party leadership, ensuring the principal status of the people, staying on the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics and fully implementing the Party’s basic theory, line and policy.
He called for efforts to constantly meet people’s aspirations for a better life and make new historic achievements.
Xi stressed that the principles of “peaceful reunification” and “one country, two systems” should be upheld.
He demanded efforts to maintain lasting prosperity and stability in Hong Kong and Macao, promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, unite all Chinese sons and daughters, and continue to strive for China’s complete reunification.
Xi pledged that the country will stay on the path of peaceful development and pursue a mutually beneficial strategy of opening up.
“We will continue to work with people from all countries to jointly build a community with a shared future for humanity,” he said.
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army and the People’s Armed Police Force should always preserve their nature, purpose and character as the forces of the people, resolutely safeguard China’s sovereignty, security and development interests, and firmly uphold world peace, he said.
“China’s yesterday has been inscribed in human history while China’s today is being created in the hands of hundreds of millions of Chinese people,” Xi said. “China will surely have an even brighter future.”
“All Party members, armed forces and people of all ethnic groups should unite closer together, stay true to the founding mission, build on existing achievements and continue to develop our people’s republic,” he said, adding that continued efforts should be made to achieve the two centenary goals and national rejuvenation.
Source: Xinhua News
HKSAR chief executive vows greatest resolve to end violence
Chief Executive of China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam said Saturday that the government will take the greatest resolve to end violence, after rampant rioters Friday wreaked havoc in various areas of Hong Kong.
Lam said in a video address that Hong Kong witnessed “a very dark night” on Friday and the society was half-paralyzed, describing the extreme acts as “unprecedented and appalling.”
Violent and disruptive acts were staged again in Hong Kong on Friday as masked rioters blocked roads, set fires, damaged public facilities, and assaulted police officers and passersby, leaving the transport network paralyzed and forcing numerous shops to close.
“The extreme violence is a clear indication of the widespread danger to public security in Hong Kong,” Lam said.
Given the escalating violence recently, the HKSAR government has invoked the power under the Emergency Regulations Ordinance and put in place the Prohibition on Face Covering Regulation. The anti-mask law, designed to end violence and restore order, came into effect on Saturday, Lam said.
The move has received support from 40 Legislative Council members and many chambers of commerce, media outlets and social organizations, she said.
Lam reiterated the legality of the action and said the HKSAR government adopted appropriate measures using the power conferred by the existing law.
Lam urged foreign officials and lawmakers to understand the nature of the violent incidents. “Hong Kong is facing unprecedented violence and the government needs to adopt resolute legal measures to stop violence, restore peace and order, and protect the rights and freedoms of Hong Kong residents from the threats of rioters.” She said anti-mask legislations were also adopted in a number of western countries.
Lam also called on Hong Kong residents to support the HKSAR government in stopping the violence, make a clean break with rioters, and work together to bring back peaceful lives as soon as possible.
Source: Xinhua News
Latest in Hong Kong:
- Chinese PLA soldiers stationed in Hong Kong have issued a warning on Sunday to protesters who shone lasers at their barracks in the first direct interaction with mainland military forces in four months of anti-government demonstrations.
- Local media reported multiple injuries aboard an MTR train in Lai King on Sunday. RTHK reported that the train passed the station at a low speed and hit a buffer. It did not derail, according to the MTR Corporation (MTRC).