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2014 unforgettable year for fight against graft in China: Prez Xi

2014 unforgettable year for fight against graft in China: Prez Xi
Describing 2014 as an “unforgettable” year for China for its anti-graft campaign targeting hundreds of officials, President Xi Jinping on Wednesday promised to implement new judicial reforms to provide justice to common people, saying “there is no turning back”.

Xi, in his New Year speech telecast nationwide, underscored the need to continue efforts to advance reform and rule of law in 2015, comparing them to “a bird’s two wings”.

He said the outgoing year was “unforgettable”.

“In 2014, we pressed ahead with reform, cracked many hard nuts and introduced a slew of important reform measures, which were closely related to the interests of our citizens,” the President said.
Those faced probes included former top security official Zhou Yongkang and General Xu Caihou, former Vice Chairman of the Military Commission, which controls China’s armed forces. They are the highest ranking officials held in the recent history of China.

Speaking about the slowing down of the economy, which was expected to miss the 7.5 official target, Xi said, “We adapted to the new normal of economic growth; actively promoted economic and social development; and further improved the people’s lives.”

In 2015, he said, China will continue to comprehensively deepen reform, from which “there is no turning back”.

During his new year celebration for the country’s top political advisory body, Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), reviewed the CPC’s work in 2014.

He discussed achievements in the fight against corruption, improving party members’ work style and punishing formalism, bureaucracy, hedonism and extravagance.

“We must unswervingly safeguard Hong Kong and Macao’s lasting prosperity and stability and deepen exchanges across the Taiwan Strait,” Xi said without directly referring to the 75 days agitation of pro-democracy protests by people in Hong Kong.


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