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Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers 2018 New Year Address in Beijing

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Published on Dec 31, 2017

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday delivered a New Year address in Beijing. In the speech, President Xi extended his New Year greetings to Chinese people of all ethnic groups, to compatriots in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, to overseas Chinese, as well as to people from all countries and regions around the world. Xi hailed China's achievements in 2017 and noted that 2018 will be the first full year for implementing the spirit of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. He reiterated the country's commitment to reform and called for efforts to win the final phase of the war on poverty by 2020. He acknowledged people's concerns about education, employment, income, social security, healthcare, old-age security, housing and the environment, saying efforts at improving people's well-being have not always been satisfactory. Xi also called for an enhanced sense of mission and responsibility.