Xi Jinping's Speech at the Meeting on Studying the "Selected Works of Hu Jintao" (abridged)

Selected Works of Hu Jintao - Picture Courtesy CCTV
In this post, I present a rough and abridged translation of Xi Jinping's Speech at the Meeting on Studying the "Selected Works of Hu Jintao". The Report was published by the People's Daily on 29 September. English language analyses of Xi Jinping's speech are available here among others.

The following, partial, translation may not be free of errors, and it is released "as it is" under a GNU General Public Licence, and therefore can be completed, edited, altered and republished at will. Comments, corrections and suggestions are welcome.

The original text of Xi Jinping's speech is available here.

Speech at the Meeting on Studying the Selected Works of Hu Jintao

29 September 2016

After the Party’s 18th Congress, the CPC Central Committee decided to compile and publish the ”Selected Works of Hu Jintao”. Now, this important contribution by the Central Compilation and Translation Bureau is ready, and it has been published. This is a major event in the political life of the Party and the State. The CPC Central Committee has enacted a “Decision on Studying the Selected Works of Hu Jintao”, which should be earnestly implemented by each region and each department, in accordance with the requirements of the CPC Central Committee.

Comrade Hu Jintao served as a member of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau in 1992, and he held the office of General Secretary of the Party’s Central Committee for 10 years, between the 16th and 18th Party Congress. “The Selected Works of Hu Jintao” vividly records the historical process whereby Comrade Hu Jintao, as the General Secretary, united and led the Party and the Peoples of all nationalities in the new starting point of upholding and developing Socialism with Chinese Characteristics, scientifically summarized the series of Great Challenges our Party won by relying on the masses, pushed forward Reform and Opening Up and the Construction of Socialist Modernization obtaining the valuable experience of great successes, concentratedly reflected our Party’s upholding the guiding ideology of Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory, the Important Thought of the Three Represents, upheld the basic principles of Marxism/Lenininsm adapted to the reality of Contemporary China and the characteristics of the time combined to creatively put forward major theoretical results.

After entering the new stage of the New Century, the international situation changed, and the comprehensive competition of National Strengths became fierce. In the face of the new World Situation and natioanl conditions, the Party Spirit witnessed profound changes. The Party’s 16th Congress made the important resolution whereby the first 20 years of the New Century are a major strategic opportunity to be grasped for our country. In the ten years between the Party’s 16th and 18th Congress, the Party’s Central Committee with Comrade Hu Jintao as the General Secretary united and led the Party and the Peoples of all nationalities in holding high the great banner of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics, unswervingly upholding the Party’s bacis line, deeply understanding the complicated and changing international sicuation, accurately grasping the characteristics of our country’s development stage, firmly grasping and using the important strageting opportunities for China’s development, deepening reform and opening up, accelerating the pace of development to overcome the series of important challenges that lie ahead, obtaining a series of historical successes, laying a solid foundation to build up a moderately prosperous society, and bringing Socialism with Chinese Characteristics to a new stage of development.

Over the past 10 years, our Party has led the People in overcoming the sudden outbreak of atypical pneumonia, it has obtained important victories over severe major natural disasters such as the Wenchuan earthquake through post-disaster recovery and reconstruction. It has effectively responded to a widespread international financial crisis, and it has been the first in the world to stabilize the economy, handling a series of major emergencies, and safeguarding national security, social harmony, and stability.

In these 10 years, we have successfully held the Beijing Olympic Games, the Paralympic Games, and the Shanghai World Expo, to display to the word the splendid Chinese civilization, the great successes achieved in the first decades of the foundation of the Chinese nation, and the high spirits of the Chinese people.

In these 10 years, our country’s economic output has jumped to the second place in the world, and the social productive forces, the economic forces, and the scientific and technological forces have reached a big stage. The People’s living standards and income levels, as well as the levels of social security have reached a new stage, while the comprehensive national strength and international competitiveness and influence have reached a new historical stage, and the face of the nation is looking towards a historical change.

The achievements made in the past 10 years have relied on the leadership of the Party, and on the correct direction provided by the Party’s basic principles, basic line, basic program, and basic experience. They have relied on the profound foundation laid since the foundation of New China, and provided by Reform and Opening Up. They have relied on the unified struggle of the entire Party and the Entire People of all ethnic groups. The CPC Central Committee with Comrade Hu Jintao as general secretary have played a leading role in taking the overall domestic and international situation into account, coordinating the work of each one of the battle fronts of the Party and the State, upholding the implementation of the line and policies of the Party’s theory and practice.

Comrade Hu Jintao made great contributions in upholding and developing Socialism with Chinese characteristics by closely relying on the visionary wisdom of Marxist statesmen, closely relying on the central leading collective and on Party comrades to grasp the overall situation, assess it, and make painstaking efforts, making great contributions in upholding and developing Socialism with Chinese Characteristics. Comrade Hu Jintao has insisted on emancipating the mind, seeking truth from facts, advancing with the times, seeking truth and being pragmatic, boldly pushing forward theoretical innovations based on practice, concentrating the wisdom of the whole party and upholding and enriching Deng Xiaoping Theory and the Important Thought of the Three Represents, forming and shaping the Scientific Outlook on Development, further answering the questions of what is Socialism, how Socialism should be constructed, what kind of Party should be constructed and how; giving stability to development and reform, to internal governance, external relations and national defence, ruling the Party, ruling the State, ruling the Army, enabling our Party to once more be in line with the times in respect to its guiding ideology, and to open up a new realm for the development of Marxism Leninism.

The development of the cause of the Party and the People is a historical process of inheriting the past and moving towards the future. As “The Selected Works of Mao Zedong”, “The Selected Works of Deng Xiaoping”, and “The Selected Works of Jiang Zemin”, “The Selected Works of Hu Jintao” provide a systematic and important textbook to summarize the practice of the Party leading the People in advancing practice and the experiences created through practice. It is of extraordinarily important significance for the entire Party and the People of all ethnic groups in firmly and confidently advancing along the road of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics.