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China commemorates centenary of end of imperial rule

posted 9 Oct 2011, 03:57 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 9 Oct 2011, 03:57 ]

China-1911 Revolution/Beijing -- China commemorates centenary of end of imperial rule

China held a grand ceremony Sunday morning at the Great Hall of the People to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the 1911 Revolution that terminated the 2,000 years of imperial rules.

The 1911 Revolution, or Xinhai Revolution, began on Oct. 10, 1911 with an armed uprising in Wuchang, central China's Hubei Province. It toppled the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and established a republic, the first in Asia.

Chinese president Hu Jintao and other leaders attended the ceremony. Hu delivered a speech.

Hu said that the revolution overthrew the Qing Dynasty, ended an absolute monarchy that had ruled China for thousands of years, spread the ideas of democracy and republicanism and brought about earthshaking social changes in China.

Hu paid high tribute to Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the leader of the revolution.

Hu said that the Chinese Communists are the staunchest supporters, closest cooperators and most loyal successors to the revolutionary cause Dr. Sun Yat-sen initiated, and are dedicated to achieving and furthering the lofty aspirations of Dr. Sun Yat-sen and other revolutionary pioneers.

The president called on the whole nation to adhere to "socialism with Chinese characteristics" in order to realize the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

He stressed the necessity of fostering patriotism and strengthening the unity of all ethnic groups and all Chinese living at home or abroad.

Hu quoted Dr. Sun Yat-sen as saying: "If China becomes powerful and prosperous, we will not only restore our nation's standing, but also take greater responsibility in the world."

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