President reiterates China's commitment to common prosperity

BEIJING: Chinese President Hu Jintao has reiterated China's strong commitment to peaceful development in his New Year address broadcast on Saturday to domestic and overseas audience via state TV and radio stations.

''Here, I would like to reiterate that China's development is peaceful development, opening development, cooperative development and harmonious development,'' Mr. Hu said.

In the address, broadcast by China Radio International, China National Radio and China Central Television, Mr. Hu also talked about domestic economic and social development in 2006 and policies toward Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.

He said the Chinese people are willing to join peoples of all nations in the world to promote multilateralism, advance the development of economic globalisation toward common prosperity, advocate democracy in international relations, respect the diversity of the world and push for the establishment of a new international political and economic order that is just and rational.

Investment environment

He pledged that China will adhere to its fundamental national policy of opening to the outside world, continue to improve the investment environment and open the market, carry out international cooperation in a wide range of areas, and seek to attain mutual benefits and win-win results with all countries in the world.

He mentioned in particular that China will do its best to help developing countries accelerate development and help people suffering from war, poverty, illnesses and natural calamities in the world.

On the domestic front, Mr. Hu said China will strive to achieve fast and sound economic and social development and enable all people to enjoy the fruit of reform and development in 2006.

''We'll make efforts to accelerate the pace of reform and opening-up, enhance capability in independent innovation, give impetus to the shift in economic restructuring and in the mode of economic growth, and improve the quality and results of economic growth,'' he said.

Bilateral relations

Internationally, Mr. Hu said, China actively developed friendly cooperative relations with all countries in 2005 and made endeavours to the solution of major international and regional issues.

On Hong Kong and Macao, he said the Government will firmly safeguard the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong and Macao, the two special administrative regions (SARs) of China and preserve their autonomies.

On the Taiwan issue, Mr. Hu vowed to adhere to the one-China principle and persevere in pushing for peaceful reunification of China.

''We will adhere to the fundamental policy of peaceful reunification and 'one country, two systems,' never waver on adhering to the one-China principle, never give up efforts on promoting peaceful reunification, never change the policy of pinning hope on Taiwan people, and never compromise on opposing 'Taiwan independence' secessionist activities,'' he said.

- Xinhua