By Xi Jinping
We are gathered here today to mark the arrival of the “May 1st” International Labor Day, the grand celebration of working classes and working people around the world. Today, by honoring model workers and exemplary individuals from around the country, we aim to uphold the spirit of model workers, promote the value of work, and celebrate the great character of our country’s working class and working people.
First, on behalf of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, I would like to extend holiday congratulations to workers, farmers, intellectuals, and working people of other social strata from all of China’s ethnic groups; to all members of the People’s Liberation Army, the People’s Armed Police Force, and the public security police; to compatriots from Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan; and to all Chinese residing overseas. At the same time, I would like to offer my highest salutations to all model workers and exemplary individuals who have made exceptional contributions towards China’s reform, opening up, and socialist modernization.
I would also like to take this opportunity to extend sincere greetings to working classes and working people around the world on behalf of the working class and working people in China.
The “May 1st” International Labor Day is a holiday for all working people around the world. A full 125 years has passed since the Second International, founded under the leadership of Friedrich Engels, named May 1st, 1890 as the first International Labor Day. Through its observation of the “May 1st” holiday, the Communist Party of China (CPC) has long sought to awaken, inform, and guide ordinary working people, rallying them in a concerted struggle to bring about the independence and liberation of the nation, the prosperity and strength of the country, and the wellbeing of the people. With the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, the working class emerged as the leading class in China, and ordinary working people assumed their role as masters of the country. This gave new meaning to our observation of the “May 1st” International Labor Day.
We live in a great and inspiring time, and we are engaged in a great and unprecedented cause. The cause that we are currently advancing, socialism with Chinese characteristics, is a cause for all Chinese people. The effort to build a moderately prosperous society in all respects, and in turn establish China as a modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, and harmonious, ultimately depends on our hard work and on working people. Therefore, regardless of how the times change, we must always treat work and working people with reverence and respect, and we must always attach significance to the leading role of the working class and working people. This is why it is so important that we observe the “May 1st” International Labor Day.
Since the Eighteenth National Congress of the CPC held in 2012 the CPC Central Committee, guided by its commitment to upholding and developing socialism with Chinese characteristics, has proposed and formulated a comprehensive strategic plan that consists of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, comprehensively deepening reform, comprehensively advancing the rule of law, and comprehensively governing our Party with strict discipline. This strategic plan, together with a set of strategic goals and measures for the work of our Party and the state under new conditions, has provided us with a theoretical and practical guideline for realizing the “Two Centenary Goals” and bringing about the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation.