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Chinese president calls for strengthened confidence to fulfill tasks in 2012

(Xinhua)

09:50, January 02, 2012

Chinese President Hu Jintao addresses a New Year tea party held by the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 1, 2012. (Xinhua/Ding Lin)

BEIJING, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) -- President Hu Jintao on Sunday called for strengthened confidence to accomplish the tasks of 2012 in a speech, as he and other senior officials celebrated the New Year with political advisors.

"To accomplish tasks of this year, we must strengthen confidence, tackle thorny problems and advance in a pioneering spirit," Hu said.

China must stick to the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics, uphold the system of theories of socialism with Chinese characteristics and adhere to the socialist system with Chinese characteristics, and "move toward established goals with unbounded confidence," Hu said.

Hu called for efforts to tackle problems in economic and social development and overcome various risks and challenges within and outside the country.

"To advance in a pioneering spirit, we shall make bold changes and innovations," he said.

Progress should be achieved in transforming the economic development pattern, deepening reform and opening-up and improving people's livelihoods, Hu said.

Hu made the speech at a tea party held by the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

In the speech, Hu said 2011 saw a good start in the implementation of the country's 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015), as major achievements were made in spite of the complex and volatile international situation and arduous tasks in reform, development and maintaining stability.

Hu, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, urged outstanding economic and social progress in 2012 to pave the way for a successful 18th National Congress of the CPC.

In addition, the president outlined the work in the economy, politics, culture and Party building in 2012 in the speech.

He encouraged political advisors to play a better role in the country's development.

The other members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee Wu Bangguo, Wen Jiabao, Jia Qinglin, Li Changchun, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, He Guoqiang and Zhou Yongkang also attended the tea party.

The party was presided over by Jia Qinglin, chairman of the CPPCC National Committee.

Jia hailed Hu's speech as of vital importance for the smooth implementation of the 12th Five-Year Plan, for the work of reform, development and maintaining stability, for progress in the building of a well-off society in an all-around way, and in speeding up socialist modernization.

The leaders were joined by senior members of the central committees of non-Communist parties and the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce, personages without party affiliation, officials of the central government, and representatives from all walks of life and various ethnic groups.

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