Chinese President Hu Jintao (3rd R), who is also General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), and other Chinese top leaders Jia Qinglin (2nd R), Xi Jinping (4th R) and Li Keqiang (1st R) attend a meeting with representatives of non-communist parties ahead of the Spring Festival in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 22, 2009. Hu Jintao delivered an important speech at the meeting, which is presided over by Jia Qinglin. (Xinhua/Li Tao)
BEIJING, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President called
on members of all political parties, social organizations and ethnic groups to
make concerted efforts to help China maintain steady economic growth in 2009.
Hu made the remarks when meeting leaders of
non-communist parties, All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce, and public
figures without party affiliation on Thursday afternoon.
The meeting was presided by China's top political
advisor Jia Qinglin. Vice President Xi Jinping and Vice Premier Li Keqiang also
attended the meeting.
Hu first extended New Year greetings to all members
of the United Front, a term used by the Communist Party of China (CPC) to
describe its policy of uniting political forces representing people of all
He also expressed gratitude for their contribution to
China's economic development and social stability in 2008.
Hu said 2009 marked the 60th anniversary of the
establishment of China, and was of crucial importance to the country's
The top priority of the country in 2009 was to
stimulate economic growth, safeguard people's livelihoods, and maintain social
stability, Hu said.
These tasks could not be done without the concerted
efforts of members of all political parties, social organizations and ethnic
groups in the country, he said.
He said maintaining steady economic growth amid the
currently disadvantaged situations had posed a major challenge for the
governance capacity of the CPC and for the non-communist parties' ability to
participate in government and political affairs.
Members of the United Front should take advantage of
their extensive resources to further contribute to the economic development of
the country, he said.
Hu said year 2009 also marks the 60th anniversary of
the founding of the system of multi-party cooperation and political consultation
under the leadership of the Communist Party, and urged non-communist parties to
adhere to the system in the coming years.