Our Party's Thirteenth National Congress will reaffirm the principles and policies formulated since the Third Plenary Session of the Eleventh Central Committee in 1978, in particular the policies of reform and opening to the outside world.
In the People's Republic of China there is no discrimination against different nationalities, and our policy in Tibet is based on genuine equality of the nationalities.
Developments in China over the last few years have shown that whenever an area carries out reform and opens to the outside world, it prospers.
China is developing its economy in three steps. Two steps will be taken in this century, to reach the point where our people have adequate food and clothing and lead a fairly comfortable life.
The "cultural revolution" caused us to waste ten whole years. At bottom, most of the mistakes made during the socialist period in China have come from the "Left", and the "Left" things started in 1957.
The report [of the Twelfth Central Committee] to the Thirteenth National Congress of our Party represents a collective effort, concentrating the wisdom of thousands of people; it is not my work alone.
Of the 39 years since the People's Republic of China was established, in the first eight we did our work well and also in the last ten, but during the intervening years of ``Left'' interference, things were not so good.
The central theme of both the Thirteenth National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party and the First Plenary Session of the Seventh National People's Congress [March 25-April 13, 1988] was that we must further emancipate our minds and liberate the productive forces.
We are carrying out a thorough and extensive reform. Why? Because we have learned from the "cultural revolution" (1966-76). The ten-year "cultural revolution", together with the period dominated by "Left" errors, which began in 1957, caused us to waste twenty years.
The Chinese Government is firm in its position, principles and policies on Hong Kong.