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Top 10 China news events of 2023
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BEIJING, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- As 2023 draws to a close, Xinhua News Agency has curated a selection of top 10 news stories that defined the year in China. Join us as we recap the standout moments of 2023.
1. "Two sessions" gather steam for China to forge ahead
In March, China convened the "two sessions," which are the yearly gatherings of the National People's Congress (NPC) and the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). New leaders of state institutions and the CPPCC National Committee were elected during these sessions of the country's national legislative and political advisory bodies.
On March 10, Xi Jinping was unanimously elected Chinese president and chairman of the country's Central Military Commission at the third plenary meeting of the first session of the 14th NPC.
The "two sessions" have built consensus and strength for building a strong nation and advancing national rejuvenation, greatly inspiring the Chinese people, in their hundreds of millions, to rally even more closely around the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core and work together to achieve the goals and tasks set at the 20th CPC National Congress.
2. New round of reform in Party and state institutions basically completed
China released a plan on reforming Party and state institutions on March 16.
By setting up the Central Financial Commission, a central commission for science and technology, a social work department of the CPC Central Committee, and the National Financial Regulatory Administration, among others, the reform has strengthened the CPC Central Committee's centralized, unified leadership on major initiatives.
The new round of reform in Party and state institutions provides strong support for building a modern socialist country in all respects and advancing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation on all fronts.
3. Party-wide theoretical study program achieves notable progress
During a theoretical study program that started in April, CPC members have focused on the study and implementation of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era in a top-down fashion.
Concrete results have been achieved in forging inner strength, gaining wisdom, improving Party conduct and motivating actions among Party members through the program, which is of great significance to unifying all Party members in thinking, addressing prominent problems within the Party, maintaining a close bond with the people, and advancing the cause of the Party and the country.
4. Major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics injects positive energy into turbulent world
The China-Central Asia Summit and the third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation were held in May and October, respectively, in Xi'an and Beijing, as two of a series of diplomatic events hosted by China that Xi attended over the year. Xi also visited Russia, South Africa, the United States and Vietnam, where he held meetings, attended international conferences and engaged in bilateral and multilateral head-of-state diplomacy.
In March, China established diplomatic relations with Honduras, making it the 182nd country that has diplomatic relations with China; on the Ukraine issue, China has been promoting peace talks; China facilitated the historic reconciliation between Saudi Arabia and Iran; on the Palestine-Israel conflict, China has upheld an objective and just position and played a constructive role.
As major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics makes solid progress, the external environment for China's development keeps improving.
At the end of the year, the Central Conference on Work Relating to Foreign Affairs was held, making comprehensive plans for China's external work for the present and coming periods.
5. Sci-tech innovation forges new drivers, advantages for development
On May 28, C919, China's self-developed large passenger aircraft, completed its first commercial flight. Over the year, the Long March series carrier rockets fulfilled its 500th successful flight mission; the construction of China's space station was fully completed, and it entered a new phase of application and development; Chinese scientists unveiled a quantum computer prototype named "Jiuzhang 3.0;" Chinese expedition teams wrapped up the 13th Arctic Ocean scientific expedition, and embarked on the country's 40th Antarctic expedition.
With the breakthroughs, China sped up the integration of its resources for sci-tech innovation, and its strategic emerging industries are experiencing strong momentum, with a new type of productive force rising rapidly.
6. All-out efforts on disaster relief and post-disaster reconstruction
In late July and early August, extreme rainfall hit northern and northeastern China, causing floods and geological disasters. On Dec. 18, a 6.2-magnitude earthquake jolted a county in northwest China's Gansu Province, inflicting heavy casualties.
Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, was deeply concerned about the affected people, attached great importance to disaster relief and post-disaster recovery and reconstruction work, and made important instructions, urging local authorities to do their utmost to ensure the safety of people's lives and property, and restore the normal order of production and life in the disaster-hit regions as soon as possible.
All relevant parties in the regions spared no effort on disaster relief, with the affected people actively carrying out self-rescue, jointly building a solid line of defense to protect their homes.
7. China successfully hosts Chengdu Universiade, Hangzhou Asian Games
China hosted the 31st summer edition of the FISU World University Games, the 19th Asian Games and the 4th Asian Para Games successively in Chengdu and Hangzhou between July and October.
Xi attended the opening ceremonies of the FISU World University Games and the Asian Games, declaring the events open.
China earnestly delivered on its solemn pledge to make the international sports events a success, promoting exchanges and mutual learning and making new contributions to the cause of international youth sports and the Olympic Movement in Asia and the world at large.
8. Xi Jinping Thought on Culture formally put forward
At a national meeting on the work of public communication and culture, held from Oct. 7 to 8, Xi Jinping Thought on Culture was formally put forward, marking a new height of the Party's confidence in history and culture.
Speaking at a meeting on cultural inheritance and development on June 2, Xi specified efforts in 14 areas to promote cultural development, put forward important ideas such as upholding the Party's leadership over culture-related work and shouldering new cultural missions, and announced a major task of building a modern Chinese civilization.
9. Central financial work conference puts forward goal of building a nation with a strong financial sector
At the central financial work conference held in Beijing from Oct. 30 to 31, Xi reviewed the financial work since the 18th CPC National Congress, analyzed the situations facing high-quality development of the financial sector, and arranged relevant work for the current and future periods.
The conference called for accelerating the building of a nation with a strong financial sector, contributing to building China into a strong country and advancing national rejuvenation through high-quality financial development, raising the financial work to a higher strategic level.
Since the beginning of this year, the financial industry has effectively supported the steady growth of the real economy, resolutely maintained the bottom line of preventing systemic financial risks, and strongly supported overall economic and social development.
10. Chinese economy rebounds, solid progress achieved on high-quality development
Since the beginning of this year, with the smooth transition of epidemic prevention and control, the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core has united and led the entire Party and the people of all ethnic groups in withstanding external pressure, overcoming internal difficulties, comprehensively deepening reform and opening up, increasing macro-control efforts, and facilitating the growth of the private sector.
Through these efforts, the Chinese economy has rebounded for the better, high-quality development has been solidly advanced, important progress has been made in the construction of a modern industrial system, and the foundation for safe development has been consolidated. The GDP in the first three quarters of 2023 increased by 5.2 percent year on year, the total grain output has reached a new high, residents' income has grown faster than the economy, and the main expected goals of economic and social development have been successfully achieved.
The Central Economic Work Conference held in December deepened the understanding of the rules for better economic work in the new era. It was emphasized at the conference that next year China must seek progress while maintaining stability, faithfully implement the new development philosophy on all fronts, and effectively improve the quality of our economy and promote its growth within a reasonable range.

(Editor:Wang Su)

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