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Wen vows economic stability as China gets ready to celebrate

PREMIER Wen Jiabao yesterday stressed the importance of national unity, social stability and maintaining the country's macroeconomic policy.

Wen's remarks came as the State Council held a grand reception at the Great Hall of the People last night to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. President Hu Jintao and other state leaders attended the reception with more than 4,000 others.

Wen said the world's economic development faces the most severe challenge since the Great Depression, and China's economy has also been seriously affected by the global economic crisis.

By implementing a series of measures in a timely manner, China has reversed slowing economic growth, he said.

Wen pledged to maintain the country's macroeconomic policy to achieve rapid economic development and contribute to global economic recovery.

"State stability, national unity and social harmony serve as a reliable guarantee for the healthy development of all social undertakings," he said.

The government will "unswervingly" safeguard social stability and the fundamental interests of the people, he said.

Peaceful development

The government will maintain its policy of regional ethnic autonomy in minority areas and ethnic and religious policies to reinforce and develop socialist ethnic relations, with equality, unity, mutual assistance and harmony, Wen said.

China will firmly implement its "one country, two systems" policy and maintain the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong and Macau.

"Together with Taiwan compatriots, we will adhere to the 'one China' principle, strive to open up a new prospect of peaceful development in cross-strait relations, and promote the great cause of national reunification," he said.

The government will pursue an independent foreign policy of peace and promote the construction of a harmonious world, he said.

The experiences of the past six decades showed China must place economic development as its central task, with reform and opening as the driving force, and advance socialist economic, political, cultural, social and ecological construction, he said.

The country must invigorate itself through reform of its economic and political systems by bringing into full play the people's initiative and creativity, he said. The country must promote socialist democracy, improve the socialist legal system, implement the strategy of governing the country according to law in a bid to realize long-term social stability, he said.

The country must also improve Party building and deepen the fight against corruption, Wen said.


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