Xi Jinping, the new leader of China’s ruling Communist Party of China (CPC), vowed, “No stop in reform, and no stop in opening up,” during his trip to south China’s Guangdong Province from Dec. 7 to 11.
Xi, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, said the 18th CPC National Congress issued “a new declaration” and “a new mobilization order” for deepening reform and opening up.
He called on the entire Party and people from all ethnic groups to unswervingly adhere to the path of reform and opening up and focus more on pursuing reform in a more systematic, whole and coordinated way.
Xi said he chose Guangdong, which served as the testing grounds for reform and opening up policies more than 30 years ago, as the destination of his inspection tour because he wanted to “conduct an on-site retrospective of the history of reform and opening up and declare the resolve to continue to push forward the policy.”
On the morning of Dec. 8, Xi laid a wreath upon the statue of late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping in Lianhuashan Park in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province.
“We came here to revere the statue of Deng Xiaoping to show that we’ll unswervingly push forward reform and opening up and strive to achieve new progress, new breakthroughs and new steps in boosting reform and opening up and the country’s modernization drive,” he said.
During his trip, Xi reiterated, “Reform and opening up was a great awakening in the CPC’s history.”
This “great awakening” gave rise to both the theories and the practices of the new era, he said.
Xi hailed reform and opening up as “the source of vitality” in the development of modern China, as well as “a magic tool” for the Party and the Chinese people to keep pace with the times.
“Reform and opening up is the only route which must be taken to adhere to and develop socialism with Chinese characteristics,” he said.
During his inspection tour, Xi visited villages, enterprises, communities, offices of the armed forces and research institutions in the cities of Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan and Guangzhou.