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Hu Jintao calls for deepening reform in China

Last Updated: Sunday, January 1, 2012 - 21:17

Beijing: Stepping into his last year in
office, Chinese President Hu Jintao on Sunday vowed that his
country would stick to the ideology of socialism as it moves
with "unbounded confidence" towards its goals of deepening
economic reform and improving livelihoods.

Hu pledged to work towards accomplishing the tasks laid
out for the year while adhering to the ruling Communist Party
of China`s (CPC) ideological line of "socialism with Chinese

Hu, who took over as President of the country and General
Secretary of the Party in 2003, is set to retire from office
along with Premier Wen Jiabao by the end of this year as under
the constitution of the party top leaders could hold their
office only for two terms.

"To accomplish tasks of this year, we must strengthen
confidence, tackle thorny problems and advance in a pioneering
spirit," Hu told fellow party leaders celebrating the New

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

The new leadership would be taking over early next year,
after the 18th Party Congress scheduled to be held later this
year. Hu is widely expected to be succeeded by Vice President
Xi Jinping.

Hu, a firm loyalist of late Chinese leader Den Xiaoping,
who overturned party founder Mao Zedong`s rigid Marxian
ideology, has called for efforts to tackle problems in
economic and social development and overcome various risks and
challenges within and outside the country.

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

The other members of the Standing Committee of the
Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (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 held to celebrate the New Year.


First Published: Sunday, January 1, 2012 - 18:14
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