China to adhere to independent foreign policy of peace: Hu

China will stick to its independent foreign policy of peace and expand exchange and cooperation with other countries on the basis of equality and mutual benefit, Chinese President Hu Jintao said here Sunday.

The development of China needs a peaceful international environment and such development is conducive to world peace and development, Hu said, adding that China will "stick to the path of peaceful development."

China will always be a firm force in maintaining world peace and promoting common development, the President said at a grand gathering to mark the birth centenary of late leader Deng Xiaoping,held in the Great Hall of the People.

At the same time, China will always put its state sovereignty and national security in the first place, and steadfastly safeguard the nation's political, economic, cultural and defense security, he said.

The Chinese people will work with the people of other countries in the world to promote global multipolarization and the democratization of international relations, push economic globalization toward common prosperity, oppose hegemonism and power politics, fight terrorism in all forms, and devote to the establishment of a new, just and rational international political and economic order, he said.

Source: Xinhua

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