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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 ofChina. 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 "19492017" 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 ofHong 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 andMacao. 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 ofChina, wishing prosperity and strength forChina, 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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Xi’an, which was called Chang’an in ancient times, is the capital city ofShaanxiProvince. It is located in the middle of the Guanzhong Plain. As one of the top seven regional central cities ofChina,Xi’anis also a center of innovation, knowledge and technology in Asia and functions as the manufacturing base of large aircraft inChina. The city has become the largest central city along the Chinese section of the new Eurasia Land Bridge across theYellowRiver basin. Since there are many key institutions of higher learning in the city,Xi’an is one of the most powerful cities inChinain the areas of science and technology. With the largest and most important bases of scientific research, higher education, national defense technology and hi-tech industries in middle and western China including electronic information technology industry and the aviation/space industry, Xi’an is unique as one of the largest central cities in China with powerful science and technology in addition to complete industry categories. As a new, energetic and special zone in the interior ofChina, the city is also the financial and transport center for middle and western China  as well as the northern inland. Xi’an has become the pilot special zone for the coordination and sharing of national scientific and technical resources at the core of the Guanzhong-Tianshui economic zone. In the Development Program of the Guanzhong-Tianshui Economic Zone promulgated by the central government, Xi’an has been specified as the third “international metropolis” of China following Beijing and Shanghai.

Xi’an exercises jurisdiction over ten districts and three counties (109 sub-districts, 67 townships, 782 communities and 2,991 administrative villages), including the districts of Xincheng, Beilin, Lianhu, Yanta, Baqiao, Weiyang, Yanliang, Lintong,Chang’an  and Gaoling as well as the counties of Lantian, Zhouzhi, and Huxian. In addition, there are National Xi’an Hi-tech Industries Development Zone, National Xi’an Economic and Technological Development Zone, Xi’an Qujiang New Zone, Xi’an Chanba Ecological Zone, Xi’an Yanliang National Aviation Hi-tech Industrial Base, Xi’an National Civil Space Industry Base, Xi’an International Port and Xi’an Fengdong New Town Zone (which are called “five zones, one port and two bases” in short). The total area ofXi’anis 10,108 square kilometers, including the planned city proper of  865 square kilometers. The main city proper is established on as much as 415 square kilometers and is planned to have a construction area of 490 square kilometers.Xi’an has a permanent population of 8,588,100. According to the Development Program of Guanzhong-Tianshui Economic Zone promulgated by the State Council in June of 2009, Xi’an should be built into an international metropolitan area and its city proper will have a population of more than 10 million and an area of 800 square kilometers by 2020.

The Gross Domestic Product of Xi’an City in 2013 was 488.413 billion yuan. The general budgeted revenue of its local finance was 50.198 billion yuan, the total investment of the whole society in the fixed assets reached 513.456 billion yuan while the total retail sales of consumer goods was 254.802 billion yuan.  Per capita disposable income of urban residents was 33,100 yuan and the annual per capita net income of rural residents was 12,930 yuan. The comprehensive economic power of the entire city has increased remarkably.

Xi’an is progressing rapidly with many prosperous industries. In recent years, thanks to the implementation of the national strategy of rapid development of western China, the urban appearance of Xi’an is improving daily and the development of its economy has entered a new stage. Now, Xi’an has established an industrial system with complete categories, famous for its powerful industries of machine and equipment, transport, electronics and information technology, aviation and space flight, biomedicine, food/beverage, petroleum and chemical products, etc. In order to hasten the scientific development and make the leading development, the municipal Party committee and the municipal government have made a plan for the development of “Five Leading Industries” and “Five Zones,One Portand Two Bases”. “Five Leading Industries” referring to the hi-tech industry, the equipment manufacture industry, the tourism industry, the modern service industry and the culture industry. “Five Zones,OnePortand Two Bases” refers to National Xi’an Hi-tech Industries Development Zone, National Xi’an Economic and Technological Development Zone, Xi’an Qujiang New Zone, Xi’an Chanba Ecological Zone, Xi’an Fengdong New Town Zone, Xi’an International Port, Xi’an Yanliang National Aviation Hi-tech Industrial Base and Xi’an National Civil Space Industry Base. Such a development plan represents the synthesis of ancient and modern civilizations, the mutual radiance of the old andnew cityproper as well as the mutual dependence of cultural and ecological resources.

Xi’anhas won many honorary titles, such asNationalHealthCity, National Garden City, China Excellent Tourism City and China Happiest City. It has become one ofChina’s best cities in terms of quality of life, foreign and domestic tourism as well as investment.

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