Xi says no force can stop the Chinese people

Chinese President Xi JinpingDenis Balibouse | ReutersBEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping said Tuesday in a speech commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party’s rule that no force could sway China’s development.”There is no force that can shake the foundation of this great nation,” Xi said in Mandarin, according to an official translation broadcast through state media. “No force can stop the Chinese people and the Chinese nation forging ahead.”Xi did not specifically mention any other country by name, and emphasized that China would pursue peaceful development.”Long live the great Communist Party of China. And long live the great Chinese People!” Xi concluded his speech.The Chinese Communist Party is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its rule on Oct. 1, 2019.Evelyn Cheng | CNBCAbout 15,000 military personnel were expected to participate in the military review, which would also include more than 160 aircraft and 580 pieces of military equipment.During a speech at a reception on Monday night, Xi stressed China’s need to be unified under the Communist Party in order to overcome challenges.”Unity is iron and steel; unity is a source of strength,” Xi said, according to an English-language transcript from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.The Chinese leader reiterated the government’s position of “One Country, Two Systems” on Hong Kong and Macao, as well as the “One-China” principle on Taiwan. Xi said, “The complete reunification of the motherland is an inevitable trend; it is what the greater national interests entail and what all Chinese people aspire for. No one and no force can ever stop it!”This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.

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