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Chinese top leaders extend Spring Festival greetings to nation

(Xinhua)

10:00, January 22, 2012

Members of Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, including President Hu Jintao, top legislator Wu Bangguo, Premier Wen Jiabao, top political advisor Jia Qinglin and senior leaders Li Changchun, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, He Guoqiang and Zhou Yongkang attend a Spring Festival reception held by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the State Council in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 21, 2012, to mark the upcoming Lunar New Year, which falls on Jan. 23 this year. (Xinhua/Zhang Duo)

BEIJING, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- Chinese leaders on Saturday offered festive greetings to people across the nation as well as overseas Chinese around the world at a gathering to mark the Lunar New Year that falls on Jan. 23.

President Hu Jintao, top legislator Wu Bangguo, Premier Wen Jiabao and top political advisor Jia Qinglin attended the gathering, organized by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the State Council at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Hosting the gathering, Hu, also General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, extended regards to Chinese people at home and abroad and foreign friends on behalf of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, the Cabinet.

Premier Wen delivered a speech at the gathering, saying that the country has made a good start to the Twelfth Five-Year Plan (2011-2015) at a time of an austere and complicated international economic situation.

Wen said the government would maintain stable prices and steady, rapid economic development, accelerate the transformation of development patterns and adjust the economic structure in a bid to enhance sustainable development, as well as place more importance on people's livelihoods, letting the people share the achievements of reform.

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