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Hu Jintao Addresses Chinese Nation on New Year's Eve

Chinese President Hu Jintao marked New Year's Eve Saturday with a speech stressing the country's commitment to peaceful development.

In a speech broadcast on China Central Television, Mr. Hu said China's development is peaceful, open, cooperative and harmonious. He said the Chinese people will strive for world peace through their own development.

The Chinese leader offered New Year's greetings to people in Taiwan, and said Beijing would seek peaceful reunification with the island, which China regards as a rogue territory.

He added that China would never sway from the "one China" principle.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.