BEIJING, July 31 (Xinhua) -- President Xi Jinping's speech at a high-level workshop has inspired confidence for the nation to create a moderately prosperous society and achieve the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation.
The workshop for provincial and ministerial-level officials last Wednesday and Thursday was held in preparation for the 19th Communist Party of China (CPC) National Congress to be held later this year. The congress will elect the leadership for the next five-year term.
Xi, also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, outlined a blueprint for the Party and the state, pointing the direction for future development.
"Building a moderately prosperous society by 2020 is a promise the CPC has made to the people and to history," Xi said.
He said that for China to reach its goals it had to make all-out efforts, especially in preventing and defusing major risks, relieving poverty, and preventing and controlling pollution.
The speech resonated with grassroots officials, who agreed with Xi that the five years since the 18th CPC National Congress had seen extraordinary development.
Yang Longwen, party chief of Dahua Yao Autonomous County in southern China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, said that though the county suffered desertification it had witnessed remarkable changes due to the government drive to eliminate rural poverty.
Highways have been built and residents have moved from old thatched and mud-brick cottages into new buildings, Yang said.
He pointed out that the fight against poverty had brought a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to develop the impoverished minority area.
"We'll implement General Secretary Xi's requirements and decisions by the CPC Central Committee with solid determination and untiring energy," Yang said.
In the past five years, the central government has shown that it understands the general development trend of China and the world, and made a series of major strategic moves according to the will of the people.
Poverty relief is one such strategy. The government has said it will improve the lives of 70 million Chinese living in poverty as part of a drive to create a moderately prosperous society.
Progress has also been seen in a small village in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province.
"The per capita income doubled in the past five years and villagers feel much happier," said Fu Huating, party chief of the Xingshisi village, Gannan county. "We will roll up our sleeves and work harder, staunchly following the Party."
Xi said that once China had a moderately prosperous society, by 2020, the Party and people of various ethnic groups across the country would be motivated to build a modernized socialist country by 2049, the centenary of the People's Republic of China.
The remarks have inspired the nation to be confident in realizing the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation.
"After studying the speech, we're all fully confident that a good life lies ahead," said Chen Yifan, deputy head of Dutang township, Heze city, in eastern China's Shandong Province.