Beijing - China aims for sound and fast economic growth with fine-tuning as
needed in 2007 and will stick to a path of peaceful development, Chinese
President Hu Jintao said in a New Year's Eve address on Sunday.
speech broadcast on state radio and television from the snowy capital, Hu
praised the country's economic achievements and improved living standards in the
Chinese President Hu
Jintao delivers his New Year Address, broadcast through state radios and
television, in Beijing, ahead of the New Year's Day 2007. [Xinhua]
"We have taken another firm step towards the goal of an all-round
well-off society," Hu said.
He also stressed the urgent need
to restructure the economy and to boost efficiency in the consumption of
China's total foreign trade volume was expected to exceed
$1.75 trillion this year, about 24 percent more than last year, a spokesman for
the Ministry of Commerce told a news conference.
Hu said the country had
made a contribution to global peace in 2006 with active diplomacy amid "profound
and complex" changes in an "increasingly multipolar" world.
actively promoted the resolution of some hot and difficult international
issues," he said.
China has hosted several rounds of six-party talks
aimed at defusing the North Korean nuclear crisis, the latest of which convened
in Beijing this month after Pyongyang tested a nuclear device in October.
"The tenet of China's
foreign policy is safeguarding world peace and promoting common development. We
will unswervingly take the path of peaceful development and implement the
mutually beneficial strategy of opening up," Hu said.
terrorism, regional conflict, international crimes, epidemics and natural
disasters as global problems and said China was willing to offer help within its
reach to "people suffering from wars, poverty and diseases" around the world.
Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing congratulated China for its work in 2006
trying to resolve the Iranian and North Korean nuclear crises and said the
country was a good friend to the world.
"In the past year, China has
played a constructive role in many major international and regional issues, such
as the Korean peninsula nuclear issue and the Iranian nuclear issue," Li said.
"China has proved through action that she is a good friend and partner
of the world people."