Beijing -- Chinese President Hu Jintao called for peaceful development and
social harmony in his New Year Address broadcast on Sunday to domestic and
overseas audience via state TV and radio stations.
"Here, I'm very glad to extend my New Year wishes to Chinese of all ethnic
groups, to compatriots from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, to overseas Chinese and
to people all over the world," Hu said.
In the address, broadcast by China Radio International, China National Radio
and China Central Television, Hu talked about domestic economic and social
development in 2007 and policies toward Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.
"2007 is an important year in building a socialist harmonious society under
the guidance of the scientific development concept," Hu said, adding the
government will strive to give impetus to the shift in economic restructuring
and in the mode of economic growth.
He said the government will exert more efforts in addressing social problems
concerning people's life and stick to energy efficiency and environmental
Internationally, Hu said, problems such as terrorism, transnational crimes,
environmental pollution, natural disasters and fatal infectious diseases have
become more and more serious, regional conflicts have never ceased and the gap
between the rich and poor has been further enlarged.
He reiterated that the Chinese people are willing to join with peoples of all
nations in the world to promote multilateralism, advance the development of
economic globalization toward common prosperity, advocate democracy in
international relations and respect the diversity of the world.
He mentioned in particular that China will do its best to help developing
countries accelerate development and help people suffering from war, poverty,
illnesses and natural calamities in the world.
The year of 2006 marks the start of China's 11th Five-Year Plan (2006-2010)
for economic and social development, and people of all ethnic groups in China
have worked with one heart and one mind to push forward the economic, political,
social and cultural development, Hu said.
In the past year, social undertakings of all sorts made steady progress and
people's livelihood improved step by step, Hu said.
Internationally, China actively developed friendly cooperative relations with
all countries in 2006 and made endeavors to the solution of major international
and regional issues. In so doing, China has played a constructive role in
safeguarding world peace and promoting common development.
Hu also mentioned the Sixth Plenum of the 16th Communist Party of China(CPC)
Central Committee, at which the CPC outlined the building of a socialist
On Hong Kong and Macao, Hu said the central authorities will support the
governments and chief executives of Hong Kong and Macao to administer by law and
expand the exchanges and cooperation between the mainland and the two special
administrative regions (SARs) of China.
"We will adhere to the policies of 'one country, two systems,' 'Hong Kong
people governing Hong Kong,' 'Macao people governing Macao' and a high degree of
autonomy," Hu said, adding the government will firmly safeguard the long-term
prosperity and stability of the two SARs.
On the Taiwan issue, He said, the mainland will actively promote exchanges
and cooperation across the Taiwan Straits, safeguard peace and stability across
the Strait, and push ahead with the great cause of peaceful reunification.