President Xi Jinping calls CCP the ‘ hope of the entire Chinese nation’
Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader President Xi Jinping praised his nation’s economic growth in his annual New Year’s television speech as the rest of the world reels amid the China-born coronavirus pandemic.
Xi specifically noted his country is “the first major economy worldwide to achieve positive growth” in the face of the pandemic.
But there was no mention of China’s initial handling of the pandemic, which drew international criticism.
“We overcame the impact of the pandemic and have achieved great success in disease control as well as social and economic development,” Xi said from his study in Zhongnanhai.
“Our country is the first major economy to achieve growth, and expected to reach the annual GDP of more than 100 trillion yuan (about US$15.3 trillion).”
Jinping went on to thank China’s doctors, soldiers, scientists, and community workers for their efforts to contain the coronavirus.
Xi also emphasized the importance of the Communist Party, calling it “the hope of the entire Chinese nation.”
In China, Xi claimed, “[e]verywhere were vibrant scenes of confident, resilient people making the most of every minute.”
In November, China documented a record-high trade surplus.
Xi claimed in his speech that China had fully eradicated poverty, in part due to this success.
“In 2020, China made the historic achievement of establishing a moderately prosperous society in all respects and achieved decisive success in eradicating extreme poverty,” he claimed.
Xi also claimed that China “put people and their lives first to interpret the great love among humans.”
“With solidarity and resilience, we wrote the epic of our fight against the pandemic.
“From medical workers to the people’s army, from scientific researchers to community workers, from volunteers to those who built the projects,” Xi applauded, “from seniors to youths born after the 1990s and 2000s, numerous people fulfilled their missions at the cost of their lives and protected humanity with sincere love.”
But in reality, the CCP actively persecuted individuals who sought to limit the spread of the infectious disease in December 2019.
Wuhan police arrested doctors and journalists sharing information on limiting infections — basic instructions like washing hands and maintaining social distancing protocol — or basic information on the outbreak and forced them to offer the public embarrassing apologies for alleged misinformation. One of those doctors, Li Wenliang, died of a coronavirus infection at age 34 in February. The Communist Party has since attempted to claim him as a martyr.
“I am proud of our great motherland and people, as well as the unyielding national spirit,” Xi said, concluding his speech on Thursday.
“Only in hard times can courage and perseverance be manifested.
“Only after polishing can a piece of jade be finer.”
“We overcame the impact of the pandemic, and made great achievements in coordinating prevention and control and in economic and social development.”