Chinese President Hu Jintao delivers his
New Year Address, broadcast through China Radio International (CRI), China
National Radio (CNR) and China Central Television (CCTV), in Beijing,
ahead of the New Year's Day 2007. (Xinhua Photo)Photo Gallery
BEIJING, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) -- 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
"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 protection.
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
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
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 harmonious society.
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