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Xi pledges "great renewal of Chinese nation"
                 English.news.cn | 2012-11-30 16:07:49 | Editor: Liu

Xi pledges "great renewal of Chinese nation" 

BEIJING, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, on Thursday visited "The Road Toward Renewal" exhibition in Beijing, pledging to continue targeting the goal of "great renewal of the Chinese nation."

Xi made the comments as he viewed the exhibition, on display in the National Museum of China, along with other members of the Standing Committee of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau including Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan and Zhang Gaoli.

During his time at the attraction, Xi went through the exhibition halls one by one, carefully examining the exhibits and listening to explanations made by staff of the museum, which houses a large number of historic pictures, charts, material goods and videos on Chinese history since the First Opium War (1840-1842).

Xi stopped in front of some exhibits on major historical events in the 19th century, including charts illustrating how the West had occupied China's territories, established concessions and drew up spheres of influence; the cannons installed at the fortifications of Humen in Guangdong during the Opium War; materials and pictures on the 1911 Revolution that overthrew China's last feudalistic regime of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

The Party leader also studied the first Chinese version of the Communist Manifesto, material exhibits and photos relating to the founding of the CPC in 1921, the autobiography of one of CPC founders Li Dazhao, the first national flag of the People's Republic of China, and photos on the Third Plenary Session of the 11th CPC Central Committee at which Deng Xiaoping and his comrades launched the epoch-making reform and opening up drive.

Making a keynote speech during his visit, the general secretary described "The Road Toward Renewal" as a retrospective on the Chinese nation, a celebration of its present and a declaration on its future.

Citing a sentence from one of Mao Zedong's poems, "Idle boast the strong pass is a wall of iron," Xi said the Chinese nation had suffered unusual hardship and sacrifice in the world's modern history.

"But the Chinese people have never given in, have struggled ceaselessly, and have finally taken hold of their own destiny and started the great process of building the nation," he emphasized. "It has displayed, in full, the great national spirit with patriotism as the core."

Talking about China's today, Xi borrowed another sentence from Mao's poems, "But man's world is mutable, seas become mulberry fields," referring to the country's hard-earned finding of a correct road toward rejuvenation and its remarkable achievements since the launch of reform and opening up. "It is the road of socialism with Chinese characteristics," he stressed.

Afterwards, Xi cited a poetic sentence from Li Bai, one of the best-known ancient Chinese poets, "I will mount a long wind some day and break the heavy waves." It indicates that, after more than 170 years of hard struggle since the Opium War, the Chinese nation has bright prospects, is closer than ever to reaching its goal of great renewal, and is more confident and capable of reaching the goal than ever.

Xi urged all Party members to firmly keep in mind that lagging behind leaves one vulnerable to attacks and only development makes a nation strong.

At present, he said, "all comrades have to keep in mind that the path decides the destiny, which indicates how difficult it is for us to choose a right road, and that we have to continue taking this road, unswervingly."

"Looking toward the future, all the Party's comrades have to keep in mind that to turn blueprints into realities takes a long time and it also demands long and hard efforts," the general secretary said.

Xi went on to say that everybody has one's own ideal and pursuit as well as one's own dream. "Nowadays, everyone is talking about the 'China Dream,'" he said. "In my view, to realize the great renewal of the Chinese nation is the greatest dream for the Chinese nation in modern history."

The China Dream has conglomerated the long-cherished aspiration of Chinese people of several generations, represented the overall interests of the Chinese nation and Chinese people, and has been a common expectation of every Chinese, according to Xi.

"History tells us that everybody has one's future and destiny closely connected to those of the country and nation," the Party leader said, noting that the people's wellbeing relies on the strength of the country and prosperity of the nation.

It is a glorious and difficult cause to realize the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, which calls for efforts by Chinese generation by generation, said Xi, emphasizing, "Making empty talk is harmful to the nation, while doing practical jobs can help it thrive."

"We, this generation of Communists, must take what has been left to us by our predecessors as a departure for forging ahead into the future," Xi said.

He pledged to build the Party well, unite all Chinese people to build the country well and develop the nation well, in a bid to continue marching boldly toward the goal of great renewal of the Chinese nation.

At the end of his speech, Xi said, "I believe that by the time when the Communist Party of China marks its 100th founding anniversary, the goal to complete the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects will be inevitably achieved."

When it comes to the 100th founding anniversary of new China, the goal of building an affluent, strong, civilized and harmonious socialist modern country will certainly be fulfilled, and the dream of great renewal of the Chinese nation will inevitably be accomplished, Xi said.

Also present were Zhao Leji, Li Zhanshu, Du Qinglin, Zhao Hongzhu and Yang Jing, members of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee.

习近平:承前启后 继往开来 继续朝着中华民族伟大复兴目标奋勇前进 

新华网北京11月29日电(记者 李斌)百年奋斗铸就历史辉煌,信心百倍推进复兴伟业。在全党全国上下认真学习贯彻党的十八大精神的热潮中,中共中央总书记、中央军委主席习近平和中央政治局常委李克强、张德江、俞正声、刘云山、王岐山、张高丽等29日来到国家博物馆,参观《复兴之路》基本陈列,回顾近代以来中国人民为实现民族复兴走过的历史进程,号召全党同志承前启后、继往开来,把我们的党建设好,团结全体中华儿女把我们国家建设好,把我们民族发展好,继续朝着中华民族伟大复兴的目标奋勇前进。

29日上午,习近平等来到国家博物馆,走进一个个展厅,仔细观看展览,认真听取工作人员讲解。一幅幅图片,一张张图表,一件件实物,一段段视频,把人们带回了近代以来跌宕起伏、波澜壮阔的难忘岁月。

在十九世纪末列强割占领土、设立租借地、划定势力范围示意图前,在鸦片战争期间虎门的大炮前,在反映辛亥革命的文物和照片前,在《共产党宣言》第一个中文全译本前,在《中国共产党的第一个纲领》等反映中国共产党成立的文物和照片前,在李大钊狱中亲笔自述前,在中华人民共和国第一面五星红旗前,在党的十一届三中全会照片前,习近平等不时停下脚步,认真观看,详细询问和了解有关情况。

在参观过程中,习近平发表了重要讲话。他表示,《复兴之路》这个展览,回顾了中华民族的昨天,展示了中华民族的今天,宣示了中华民族的明天,给人以深刻教育和启示。中华民族的昨天,可以说是“雄关漫道真如铁”。近代以后,中华民族遭受的苦难之重、付出的牺牲之大,在世界历史上都是罕见的。但是,中国人民从不屈服,不断奋起抗争,终于掌握了自己的命运,开始了建设自己国家的伟大进程,充分展示了以爱国主义为核心的伟大民族精神。中华民族的今天,正可谓“人间正道是沧桑”。改革开放以来,我们总结历史经验,不断艰辛探索,终于找到了实现中华民族伟大复兴的正确道路,取得了举世瞩目的成果。这条道路就是中国特色社会主义。中华民族的明天,可以说是“长风破浪会有时”。经过鸦片战争以来170多年的持续奋斗,中华民族伟大复兴展现出光明的前景。现在,我们比历史上任何时期都更接近中华民族伟大复兴的目标,比历史上任何时期都更有信心、有能力实现这个目标。

习近平强调,回首过去,全党同志必须牢记,落后就要挨打,发展才能自强。审视现在,全党同志必须牢记,道路决定命运,找到一条正确的道路多么不容易,我们必须坚定不移走下去。展望未来,全党同志必须牢记,要把蓝图变为现实,还有很长的路要走,需要我们付出长期艰苦的努力。

习近平指出,每个人都有理想和追求,都有自己的梦想。现在,大家都在讨论中国梦,我以为,实现中华民族伟大复兴,就是中华民族近代以来最伟大的梦想。这个梦想,凝聚了几代中国人的夙愿,体现了中华民族和中国人民的整体利益,是每一个中华儿女的共同期盼。历史告诉我们,每个人的前途命运都与国家和民族的前途命运紧密相连。国家好,民族好,大家才会好。实现中华民族伟大复兴是一项光荣而艰巨的事业,需要一代又一代中国人共同为之努力。空谈误国,实干兴邦。我们这一代共产党人一定要承前启后、继往开来,把我们的党建设好,团结全体中华儿女把我们国家建设好,把我们民族发展好,继续朝着中华民族伟大复兴的目标奋勇前进。

习近平最后强调,我坚信,到中国共产党成立100年时全面建成小康社会的目标一定能实现,到新中国成立100年时建成富强民主文明和谐的社会主义现代化国家的目标一定能实现,中华民族伟大复兴的梦想一定能实现。

参加参观活动的还有赵乐际、栗战书、杜青林、赵洪祝、杨晶等中央书记处的同志。

《复兴之路》基本陈列共分中国沦为半殖民地半封建社会、探求救亡图存的道路、中国共产党肩负起民族独立和人民解放历史重任、建设社会主义新中国、走中国特色社会主义道路5个部分,通过1200多件(套)珍贵文物、870多张历史照片,回顾了1840年鸦片战争以来中国人民在屈辱苦难中奋起抗争,为实现民族复兴进行的种种探索,特别是中国共产党领导全国各族人民争取民族独立、人民解放和国家富强、人民幸福的光辉历程。

 

(Note: The above is the same story reported in English and Chinese respectively, and is not literal translation.)

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