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Celebrations in Beijing mark China's National Day

2008-09-28 21:50:55 GMT2008-09-29 05:50:55 (Beijing Time) Xinhua English

Jia Qinglin, a member of the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Political Bureau, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), speaks in a reception marking the 59th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 28, 2008.(Xinhua Photo)

(R-L) Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Jia Qinglin, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping and Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang attend a reception marking the 59th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 28, 2008.(Xinhua Photo)

Li Changchun (C), a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China(CPC), applauses as he watches a performance to mark the 59th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 28, 2008.(Xinhua Photo)

BEIJING, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- A reception gathering and a concert were held in Beijing on Sunday night to celebrate the 59thanniversary of the founding of the New China.

Members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China(CPC) Central Committee Jia Qinglin, Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang joined more than 3,500 overseas Chinese, compatriots from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan in a reception held in the Great Hall of People.

Hailing the country's founding anniversary, Jia Qinglin, also chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), said the decision of opening up and reform had been proved vital for China to make great achievements in the latest 30 years.

"The dedications and contributions of all overseas Chinese had been also essential for China to make the progress," he added. "Especially in this year they showed great love and solicitude by helping Chinese people suffered from snow and quake disasters."

Overseas Chinese also actively supported and participated in the global torch relay of the Beijing Olympic Games this year, Jia said.

The official said the central government will carry forward the "one country, two systems" policy in Hong Kong and Macao and provide all-out support to the governments of the two special administrative regions.

He said the Chinese mainland will further promote economic and cultural exchanges with Taiwan, adopt more favored policies for the Taiwan compatriots and maintain peace across the Taiwan Strait.

Li Changchun, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, went to a concert on Sunday night in which musicians caroled the anniversary and the success of China's third manned space mission.

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