Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao stressed in Beijing Sunday the government's determination to advance reform and opening-up on the eve of the 58th founding anniversary of the People's Republic of China (PRC), two weeks ahead of the 17th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
At a reception in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing marking the anniversary, Wen cited the upcoming CPC congress, which is proposed to convene on October 15, as "a congress of great importance to be held at a time when China's reform and development have entered a crucial stage."
"We are on a path of building socialism with distinctive Chinese features, also a broad path to China's rejuvenation, development and prosperity," Wen said.
The congress is expected to make strategic arrangements for the overall advancement of China's reform and opening-up and socialist modernization drive, as well as for the overall advancement of the grand project of Party building.
The premier pointed out that China will become a prosperous, democratic, culturally advanced and harmonious modern socialist country if it adheres to the path of scientific development.
"We are confident that so long as we are committed to following the path of building socialism with distinctive Chinese features and reform and opening-up, we can surely build China into a modern socialist country of prosperity, democracy, high ethical standards and harmony," he said.
The central government will continue to work with Hong Kong and Macao people to ensure their prosperity and stability, to work with all the Taiwan compatriots to oppose and repulse separatist activities for "Taiwan independence" and advance the great cause of China's peaceful reunification, Wen said.
China will pursue peaceful development, continue to follow a win-win opening-up policy to uphold world peace and advance common development, Wen said.
At present were more than 1,500 Chinese and foreign personages, including senior Chinese leaders Hu Jintao, Wu Bangguo, Jia Qinglin, Zeng Qinghong, Wu Guanzheng, Li Changchun and Luo Gan.
(Xinhua News Agency October 1, 2007)