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The Thirteenth National Congress of the CPC was held in Beijing from October 25 to November 1, 1987. Deng Xiaoping presided over the opening ceremony, and Zhao Ziyang delivered a report entitled "Advance Along the Road of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics". The report stated that the central task of the congress was to accelerate and deepen the reform. It expounded the theory of the primary stage of socialism in China and defined the Party's basic line for building socialism with Chinese characteristics during that stage. In the report the basic line was summed up as follows: "to lead the people of all our nationalities in a united, self-reliant, intensive and pioneering effort to turn China into a prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced and modern socialist country by making economic development our central task while adhering to the Four Cardinal Principles and persevering in reform and the open policy". The congress also elected members of the Thirteenth Central Committee, the Central Advisory Commission and the Central Commission of Discipline Inspection.