Ruling CPC chief Xi vows to pursue China's dream of becoming major global power
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Xi said it is a glorious and difficult cause to realise the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.
"Making empty talk is harmful to the nation, while doing practical jobs can help it thrive," he said.
"We, this generation of Communists, must take what has been left to us by our predecessors as a departure for forging ahead into the future."
While putting emphasis on socialism with Chinese characteristics floated by Mao's successor Deng Xiaoping, who discarded much of the hard line policies of the Party founder, Xi took care to please the old guard by quoting Mao twice.
The quotes included the one in which Mao referred to change by saying: "But man's world is mutable, seas become mulberry fields."
Disgraced Communist Party leader Bo Xilai, who awaited trial over a host of charges, had earlier spoken of reviving Mao's old hardline ideology to bridge the growing wealth gap in country.
"We, this generation of Communists, must take what has been left to us by our predecessors as a departure for forging ahead into the future," Xi said.
He pledged to build the party well, unite all Chinese people to build the country well and develop the nation well, in a bid to continue marching boldly towards the goal of the great renewal of the Chinese nation.
"I believe that by the time when the Communist Party of China marks its 100th founding anniversary (2020), the goal to complete the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects will be inevitably achieved," he said.
Commenting on Xi's speech, Zhang Yiwu, a professor at Peking University, said the "China Dream" brought up and depicted by the leaders is more practical than previous theoretical slogans and one that more people can relate to.
"'China Dream' reflects the spirit and values of the Chinese people throughout their efforts in the past 100 years.
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