Chinese President Hu Jintao extended Spring Festival greetings to all Chinese
people during his tour in northwest China's Gansu Province Saturday.
behalf of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the
State Council, Hu, who is general secretary of the CPC Central Committee,
conveyed festival greetings and best wishes to all Chinese people of various
Chinese President Hu Jintao chaired the grand gathering of
4,000 people from various sections of society in the Great Hall of the
People in Beijing on Friday. [Xinhua]
On Friday, Chinese leaders attended a grand gathering in
the Great Hall of the People in Beijing to celebrate the upcoming Spring
Festival and extend festival greetings to the Chinese people.
Chinese President Hu Jintao
chaired the gathering of 4,000 people from various sections of society.
On behalf of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and
the State Council, Hu, who is general secretary of the CPC Central Committee,
conveyed festival greetings to all Chinese people and his thanks to the friends
of China in the world.
Premier Wen Jiabao, who is also a member of the Standing Committee of the
Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, delivered a speech.
The premier said China had made great achievements over the past year.
"Looking into the new year, we are fully confident in the country's future
development," he said.
Wen said China would fully implement the scientific concept of development,
speed up the building of a harmonious socialist society and strive to maintain
satisfactory and fast development of the national economy to create favorable
condition and environment for the 17th National Congress of the CPC.
Wen pledged to continue to boost economic development, deepen reform and
opening-up and listen to the people.
"To solve the problems in people's daily lives, we must persevere with making
economic development our central task," Wen said.
Wen said China must adhere to scientific, harmonious and peaceful development
and "greatly increase social wealth to lay a solid material foundation" for the
improvement of people's lives.
Wen also highlighted China's reform of the socialist market economy, saying
that China must continue to push forward economic, political, cultural and
social reforms to protect people's democratic rights and legitimate interests,
and safeguard social justice.
The Premier urged the Party and the government to further improve their
working styles and remain closely connected with the people.
Wen said the Party and the government must "understand people's concerns,
listen to their opinions, care about their difficulties" and take concrete
measures to address issues concerning the immediate interests of the people,
including education, health care, employment, income distribution and social
Wu Bangguo, Jia Qinglin, Zeng Qinghong, Wu Guanzheng, Li Changchun and Luo
Gan, who are members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the
CPC Central Committee, also attended the gathering.
Other participants included leaders of various departments of the central
authorities, leading officials of the capital city, representatives of retired
senior cadres, leaders of non-Communist parties and the All-China Federation of
Industry and Commerce, people without party affiliations, representatives of
ethnic minorities, domestic and foreign experts and scholars, as well as
representatives of various circles in the capital city.
The gathering was jointly held by the CPC Central Committee and the State
Spring Festival, the Chinese Lunar New Year's Day, falls on February 18 this