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The overriding need is for stability

In China the overriding need is for stability. Without a stable environment, we can accomplish nothing and may even lose what we have gained.

China will tolerate no disturbances

The key to our success in modernization, the reform and the opening to the outside is stability. I have told President Bush that in China the overriding need is for stability.

Maintain the tradition of hard struggle

China was closed for a long time, which handicapped its economic development. Not until the Third Plenary Session of the Eleventh Central Committee, held at the end of 1978, did we solve this problem.

Let us put the past behind us and open up a new era

The Chinese people sincerely hope that Sino-Soviet relations will improve. I suggest that we take this opportunity to declare that henceforth our relations will return to normal.

We must form a promising collective leadership that will carry out reform

The policies of reform and opening to the outside world should remain unchanged for dozens of years, and we have to keep driving this point home.

Address to officers at the rank of general and above in command of the troops enforcing martial law in Beijing

First of all, I should like to express my deep grief over the officers and men of the People's Liberation Army, the People's Armed Police Force and the Public Security Police who have died heroically in this struggle.

Urgent tasks of China's third generation of collective leadership

The Communist Party should establish its third generation of collective leadership. Historically, our Party never had a mature central leadership before the Zunyi Meeting.

With stable policies of reform and opening to the outside world, China can have great hopes for the future

I have decided to retire. My retirement will be very beneficial. If I stay on and die at my post, it is hard to tell what repercussions that might evoke worldwide.

A letter to the political bureau of the central committee of the Communist Party of China

I am asking the Central Committee for permission to resign my current post of Chairman of the Military Commission of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.

We are confident that we can handle China's affairs well

I'm still in good health and have a clear mind and a good memory. Recently I've begun to swim for an hour every day in the sea at Beidaihe.