The Chinese president was addressing the celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.
The celebrations held at the Tiananmen square also showcased a military parade and a parade of floats.
Speaking further, Xi said Chinese people of all ethnic groups have made great achievements that amaze the world, over the past seven decades through concerted efforts and arduous struggle.
China's yesterday had been inscribed in human history while China's today is being created in the hands of hundreds of millions of Chinese people, Xi said, adding that "China will surely have an even brighter future."
Xi pledged that the country will stay on the path of peaceful development, and pursue a mutually beneficial strategy of opening up.
"We will continue to work with people from all countries to push for jointly building a community with a shared future for humanity," Xi said.
He stressed that the Chinese People's Liberation Army and the People's Armed Police Force should always preserve their nature, purpose and character as the forces of the people, resolutely safeguard China's sovereignty, security, and development interests, and firmly uphold world peace.
"On our journey forward, we must uphold the principles of 'peaceful reunification' and 'one country, two systems,' maintain lasting prosperity and stability in Hong Kong and Macao, promote the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, unite all Chinese sons and daughters, and continue to strive for the motherland's complete reunification," Xi said.
The celebrations, touted as the largest of its kind by Chinese media, included a gun salute, an inspection of troops by president Xi, a military parade as well a parade of floats. Several instances of the parade are as follows :
(excerpts & pics : chinadaily.com)