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Leaders attend National Day reception in Beijing


08:42, September 30, 2011

Jia Qinglin (C), chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (R) and Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang (L) attend a reception for the 62nd anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Ma Zhancheng)

BEIJING, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- China's senior Party and state leaders attended a reception at central Beijing's Great Hall of the People on Thursday to celebrate the 62nd founding anniversary of the People's Republic of China (PRC).

Jia Qingling, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), addressed the reception in the presence of Vice President Xi Jinping and Vice Premier Li Keqiang. All the three are members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.

In his speech, the top political advisor extended, on behalf of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, or China's Cabinet, a warm welcome to all the guests, particularly those from the Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions (SARs), compatriots living in Taiwan, and overseas Chinese.

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Canada at 2011-10-0170.36.49.*
The United States has extended its power of influence deep into Asia, as new WikiLeaks cables released reveal that the US embassy in Rangoon helped keep a dam planned by the Chinese from being built.The People’s Republic of China was considered one of the largest funders of a massive would-be hydroelectric project on the Irrawaddy river in Burma that could have had a major impact on the Chinese people. The project was halted, however, after activists in the Burmese region successfully campaigned to thwart the construction.The newest cables released reveal that the US helped fund those activists and played a major role in keeping the dam from being built.According to a cable dated January 2010, local activists had "voiced strong opposition to the project on economic, environmental and cultural grounds and have organized grassroots campaigns to rally others to their cause.” Those activists received support out of the US embassy to pursue their protests. "An unusual aspect of this case is the role grassroots organizations have played in opposing the dam, which speaks to the growing strength of civil society groups in Kachin state, including recipients of embassy small grants,” adds the diplomatic cable, which is signed-off on by US charge d"affaires, Larry Dinger. In the cable, Dinger acknowledges that while the project would also benefit the people of Burma, the US considered it a mainly Chinese project as the nation was responsible for a bulk of the funding.The Chinese have been quick to take on America’s international affairs as of late, recently blasting the Obama administrating for approving millions of dollars in upgrades to the Taiwanese air force. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun said at the time that the deal “will inevitably undermine bilateral relations as well as exchanges and cooperation in military and security areas.”
PD User at 2011-10-01200.66.102.*
Great site, great reporting. Keep on going.
romanov at 2011-09-3080.94.16.*
2011-10-01.From the occasion of National Day to wish citizen"s government and party happiness and all the Best! with slogan a strong ones great China socialism"s-democracy.
Richard Fang at 2011-09-3061.65.196.*
I"m very grade to be able to see the cerebration from the media, even I wouldn"t be able to be at the place. I"m 85 now.

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