Xi hails ‘irreversible’ rise of China

Chinese President Xi Jinping (centre) waves to the crowd from the Forbidden City after his speech at Tiananmen Square during the celebration of 100th founding anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party in Beijing today. – EPA pic, July 1, 2021.

PRESIDENT Xi Jinping hailed China’s “irreversible” course from humiliated colony to great power at the centenary celebrations for the Chinese Communist Party today, in a speech reaching deep into history to remind patriots at home and rivals abroad of his nation’s – and his own – ascendancy.

Speaking above the giant portrait of Mao Zedong, which dominates Tiananmen Square, from the podium where the famous chairman proclaimed the People’s Republic of China in 1949, Xi said the “era of China being bullied is gone forever” praising the party for uplifting incomes and restoring national pride.

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