BEIJING - After listening to the New Year speech delivered by
President Xi Jinping Sunday, Wang Min felt it was "down-to-earth, hearty
The word for "the people" appeared most in the speech, demonstrating
the happiness of the people is what Xi cares about, said Wang, chairman
of Xuzhou Construction Machinery Group Co., Ltd., a leading domestic
manufacturer in east China's Jiangsu Province.
Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central
Committee, delivered a New Year speech Sunday, extending New Year
greetings to all Chinese, and best wishes to friends all over the world.
In the speech, he said China's great achievement in development was
made by the people and for the people, and that among the people's most
pressing concerns were education, employment, income, social security,
health care, elder care, housing and environmental protection.
"The data showing economic achievements are really encouraging," said
Wang. "As 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the country's reform and
opening up, our company will carry on the spirit of reform and
innovation to build a world-class enterprise."
Xi's New Year speech has boosted the morale of the Chinese people to work harder to serve the country and earn a better life.
"I feel proud of the great achievements China has made," said Jiang
Shengxia, Communist Party chief of Panlong village in east China's Anhui
Last year, 127 residents shook off poverty in the village, said
Jiang."In 2018, we will further develop rural tourism and ecological
agriculture to make more residents lead a prosperous life."
Xi reiterated that by 2020, all rural residents living below the
current poverty line should be lifted out of poverty. It will be the
first time in China's thousands of years of history for extreme poverty
to be eliminated.
"Only three years are left. It is urgent. I think industry plays a
key role in poverty reduction as stable income ensures poverty
elimination in the long run," said Pan Kegang, Party head of Huamao
village, in southwest China's Guizhou Province.
On Sunday evening, Pan organized a meeting of villagers to discuss
plans to revitalize the village through tourism and unique agriculture
Xi's speech won high praise from workers, too.
"As a frontline worker, we should make solid efforts and do our work
better to contribute to the Belt and Road Initiative," said Zhan
Xiaowei, who works at Tieshan Port in Beihai City in south China's
Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
As an important part of an economic zone, Tieshan Port has seen a big
boost in annual cargo handling capacity in recent years. Zhan, who
began working at the port in 2009, has witnessed the rapid growth in its
Zhan's work involves handling the cargo of seven to eight vessels
each day, double the number of vessels prior to 2017. Beihai City has
opened routes to more than 200 ports in 80 countries and regions.
In the New Year address, Xi cited a number of key innovation
breakthroughs such as the Chinese-produced large passenger jet C919 and
major projects such as the 55-kilometer-long bridge linking Hong Kong,
Zhuhai and Macao.
On Sunday, major work on the world's longest sea bridge was completed
as scheduled after its lighting system was installed and tested.
"The bridge will serve as a boost to the rise of the Guangdong-Hong
Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area," said Gao Xinglin, assistant director of
the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Authority.