China holds a grand gathering to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the country's reform and opening-up at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 18, 2018. (Xinhua/Wang Ye)
China held a grand gathering Tuesday to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the country's reform and opening-up, a great revolution that has changed the destiny of the Chinese nation and also influenced the world. (Live)
President Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders attended the event which began at around 10 a.m. at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
Premier Li Keqiang presided over the meeting.
The celebration started with all participants rising to sing the national anthem.
Wang Huning, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, read a decision to award the personnel who have made outstanding contributions to the country's reform and opening-up.
The people are "the creators of the great wonder of reform and opening-up" and "the source of power" to drive the campaign started 40 years ago, Wang said.
According to the decision made by the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, 100 Chinese were awarded the medals of reform pioneers and 10 foreigners were honored with China reform friendship medals.
Chinese leaders presented the medals to the prize winners.
President Xi Jinping on Tuesday delivered a speech at a gathering celebrating the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening-up.
The founding of the Communist Party of China and the founding of the People's Republic of China were also the milestones on the way toward the great national rejuvenation in the modern times, Xi said.
It is the great revolution that propelled a quantum leap forward in the cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics, Xi said while addressing the meeting.
China has lifted 740 million people out of poverty in the 40 years, reducing the poverty headcount ratio by 94.4 percentage points, Xi said.
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday summed up the great achievements of the country's reform and opening-up at a gathering celebrating the 40th anniversary of the landmark drive.
China's development has provided successful experience and offered a bright prospect for other developing countries as they strive for modernization, representing a great contribution of the Chinese nation to the progress of human civilization, Xi said.
The reform and opening-up in the past four decades has shown that leadership of the Communist Party of China is the most essential attribute of socialism with Chinese characteristics, and the greatest strength of this system, Xi said.
President Xi Jinping on Tuesday called for upholding Marxism as the guiding ideology and exploring theoretical innovations based on practice.
The people-oriented approach must be adhered to and efforts should be made to keep delivering on the people's aspirations for a better life, President Xi Jinping said Tuesday at a gathering celebrating the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening-up.
Continued efforts should be made to improve and develop the system of socialism with Chinese characteristics to harness and enhance the advantages of China's system, said President Xi Jinping on Tuesday.
President Xi Jinping on Tuesday called for continued efforts to take development as the top priority and enhance China's composite national strength.
There is no textbook of golden rules to follow for reform and development in China, a country with over 5,000 years of civilization and more than 1.3 billion people, Xi said.
The practice of reform and opening-up over the past 40 years has shown that openness brings progress, while seclusion leads to backwarness, Xi said at a gathering to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the country's reform and opening-up.
Continued efforts should be made to exercise full and rigorous governance over the Communist Party of China to strengthen its capacity to innovate, power to unite, and energy to fight, said President Xi Jinping on Tuesday.
President Xi Jinping on Tuesday stressed striking a balance between reform, development and stability by maintaining the worldview and methodology of dialectical and historical materialism.
A review of the past several thousand years shows that reform and opening-up remains the norm throughout China's history, President Xi Jinping said Tuesday.