Party chief Xi Jinping pledged yesterday to continue targeting the goal of the "great renewal of the Chinese nation," as he was visiting "The Road Toward Renewal" exhibition at the National Museum of China with other top Party leaders.
Xi examined the exhibits at the museum in Beijing, which houses a large number of items related to Chinese history since the First Opium War (1840-1842).
Xi, who replaced Hu Jintao as the Party's general secretary earlier this month, described the exhibition as a retrospective on the Chinese nation, a celebration of its present and a declaration on its future.
Citing a line from a poem by Mao Zedong, founder of the New China - "Idle boast the strong pass is a wall of iron," Xi said the Chinese nation had suffered unusual hardship and sacrifice.
"But the Chinese people have never given in, have struggled ceaselessly, and have finally taken hold of own destiny and started the great process of building our nation," he said. "It has displayed, in full, the great national spirit with patriotism as the core."
Talking about China today, Xi borrowed a line from another of Mao's poems - "But man's world is mutable, seas become mulberry fields," referring to the country's hard-earned finding of a correct road toward rejuvenation and remarkable achievements since the launch of reform and opening up. "It is the road of socialism with Chinese characteristics," he said.
Afterward, Xi cited a line by Li Bai, one of the best-known ancient Chinese poets - "I will mount a long wind some day and break the heavy waves." It indicates that, after more than 170 years of struggle since the Opium War, the nation has bright prospects, is closer than ever to reaching its goal of great renewal, and is more confident and capable of reaching that goal.
Xi stopped in front of some exhibits on major historical events in the 19th century, including charts illustrating how the West had occupied China's territories and items and pictures on the 1911 Revolution that overthrew the feudalistic regime of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
He also studied the first Chinese version of the Communist Manifesto, material relating to the founding of the Party in 1921, the first national flag of the People's Republic of China, and photos on the Third Plenary Session of the 11th Party Central Committee at which Deng Xiaoping launched the epoch-making reform and opening up drive.