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Chinese president Hu stresses equal development in New Year address

Chinese president Hu stresses equal development in New Year address

Chinese President Hu Jintao said Monday he hoped the Beijing Olympics will act as a platform to help understanding between countries, and stressed that China's development needed to be more inclusive.
Speaking in a New Year address broadcast live on state television and radio, Hu said China would continue along its path of economic reform in 2008, as it marks the 30th anniversary of the beginning of that reform. But it needed to "strengthen social construction" and provide better social services to help the sick and elderly.
"We will strive to ensure education for all, payment for work done, treatment for the sick, care for the elderly and homes for everyone to promote social harmony," he said.
Hu said global economic disparity is increasing and China would promote economic globalization that "develops toward balance and shared benefit for all."
Hu has made a priority of distributing the benefits of recent decades of speedy economic growth more evenly, stressing sustainable development and the creation of a "harmonious society."
On Monday Hu visited residents living on government subsidies in the industrial port city of Tianjin, as well as senior citizens. He also stopped by a market to stress the importance of stabilizing food prices, which have risen by nearly 20 percent in 2007 hurting low and middle income families.
Hu said in his speech he hoped the Olympics beginning Aug. 8, 2008, will be a platform for "promoting understanding and friendly cooperation between the people of China and the world."
Human rights groups have criticized China for failing to improve human rights and media freedoms in line with its Olympic promises in 2001.
Internationally, Hu said China would press ahead with the "democratization" of international relations and help those suffering from war and sickness.
"I would like to take this opportunity to reaffirm that China will hold high the banner of peace, development and cooperation, unswervingly take the road of peaceful development and implement the strategy of opening up for mutual benefit," he said.
But he noted that international security was becoming more "complicated" along with global economic disparity.
At the Communist Party's 17th Party Congress in October Hu was re-anointed as Communist Party leader, and the communist elite adopted his policy program called "the scientific outlook on development," into the party's charter. This stresses more sustainability in development and dealing with China's increasingly serious social problems.


Updated : 2021-06-24 14:37 GMT+08:00