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Hu Jintao, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, delivered a speech at a grand gathering to celebrate the Party's 90th anniversary on July 1, 2011.
Hu Jintao, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, delivered a speech at a grand gathering to celebrate the Party's 90th anniversary on July 1, 2011.
Comrades and Friends, 同志们,朋友们:
Today, together with the entire Party and the people of all ethnic groups in China, we are holding this grand meeting here to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and also to review the great course of China's development and progress and look ahead at the bright future of development and prosperity for the country. 今天,我们在这里隆重集会,同全党全国各族人民一道,庆祝中国共产党成立90周年,回顾中国发展进步的伟大历程,瞻望中国发展繁荣的光明前景。
The CPC was founded 90 years ago today, which was an epoch-making event in the history of the Chinese nation. From then on, the Chinese people embarked on the bright road of striving for independence and liberation and began the glorious pursuit of prosperity and strength for the country and themselves. 90年前的今天,中国共产党成立了。这是中华民族发展史上开天辟地的大事变。从此,中国人民踏上了争取民族独立、人民解放的光明道路,开启了实现国家富强、人民富裕的壮丽征程。
Over the past 90 years, Chinese Communists and the people of all ethnic groups in China have, through indomitable struggles, achieved major successes in revolution, development and reform. Today, a vibrant socialist China has emerged in the East, and the 1.3 billion Chinese people are forging ahead full of confidence under the great banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics to realize the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. 90年来,中国共产党人和全国各族人民前赴后继、顽强奋斗,不断夺取革命、建设、改革的重大胜利。今天,一个生机盎然的社会主义中国已经巍然屹立在世界东方,13亿中国人民正在中国特色社会主义伟大旗帜指引下满怀信心走向中华民族伟大复兴。
Comrades and Friends, 同志们、朋友们!
In the 170 plus years since the Opium War of 1840, our great country has weathered untold hardships, our great nation has waged earthshaking struggles, and our great people have scored splendid achievements in the annals of history. 1840年鸦片战争以来中国170多年的历史,概括地说就是,我们伟大的祖国经历了刻骨铭心的磨难,我们伟大的民族进行了感天动地的奋斗,我们伟大的人民创造了彪炳史册的伟业。
Following the Opium War, China gradually became a semi-colonial and semi-feudal society, and foreign powers stepped up their aggression against China. The feudal rule became increasingly corrupt, the country was devastated by incessant wars and turbulence, and the Chinese people suffered from hunger, cold, and oppression. To salvage China from subjugation was an urgent mission for the Chinese nation. And the Chinese people faced the historic tasks of winning independence and liberation, and making China strong and prosperous. 鸦片战争以后,中国逐步成为半殖民地半封建社会,列强对中国的侵略步步进逼,封建统治日益腐败,祖国山河破碎、战乱不已,人民饥寒交迫、备受奴役。救亡图存的民族使命迫在眉睫。争取民族独立、人民解放,实现国家富强、人民富裕,成为中国人民必须完成的历史任务。
In those dark years, in order to change the destiny of the Chinese nation, the Chinese people, led by many leading figures with lofty ideals, waged unyielding struggles to explore a new future against great odds. Not resigned to fate, the Chinese people launched one struggle after another, such as the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom Movement, the Reform Movement of 1898, and the Yihetuan Movement, but all these struggles ended in failure. The Revolution of 1911 led by Dr. Sun Yat-sen put an end to the autocratic rule that had existed in China for several thousand years. This revolution greatly boosted China's social progress, but it did not change the country's nature as a semi-colonial and semi-feudal society or end the misery of the Chinese people. 在那个风雨如晦的年代,为改变中华民族的命运,中国人民和无数仁人志士进行了千辛万苦的探索和不屈不挠的斗争。太平天国运动,戊戌变法,义和团运动,不甘屈服的中国人民一次次抗争,但又一次次失败。孙中山先生领导的辛亥革命,结束了统治中国几千年的君主专制制度,对推动中国社会进步具有重大意义,但也未能改变中国半殖民地半封建的社会性质和中国人民的悲惨命运。
Facts have shown that neither the mission of striving for national survival nor the historic task of fighting imperialism and feudalism could be accomplished by reformist self-improvement movements which did not touch the foundation of feudal rule, old-style peasant wars, revolutions led by bourgeois revolutionaries, or other attempts to copy Western capitalism. To find a way of achieving China's development and progress, one must, first of all, find an advanced theory that can guide the Chinese people in their revolution against imperialism and feudalism, and an advanced social force must rise that can lead social changes in China. 事实说明,不触动封建根基的自强运动和改良主义,旧式的农民战争,资产阶级革命派领导的革命,照搬西方资本主义的其他种种方案,都不能完成中华民族救亡图存的民族使命和反帝反封建的历史任务。要解决中国发展进步问题,必须找到能够指导中国人民进行反帝反封建革命的先进理论,必须找到能够领导中国社会变革的先进社会力量。

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