development as the top priority
Therefore, in today’s program, we will talk about “development as the top priority”.
In Deng Xiaoping’s speeches during his tour of southern cities in early 1992, he advocated a strategic focus on development as the top priority.
He said, “Development is the absolute principle. We must be clear about this question. If we fail to analyze it properly and to understand it correctly, we shall become overcautious, not daring to emancipate our minds and act freely. Consequently, we shall lose opportunities. Like a boat sailing against the current, we must forge ahead or be swept downstream.”
Four decades of reform and opening up have proved the vital importance of development and the validity of Deng’s thinking. Xi Jinping has also pointed out on many occasions that we should never waver in our resolve to pursue development, as it is the key to solving all the problems that China faces.