This very strong nationalist speech was more than celebratory. It was a signal to all, especially those who oppose the Chinese expansion in the South China Sea and particularly the USA and Trump, who has been loudly ( what else) accusing China of unfair trade practices and threatening to impose a yearly tariff of $ 60 billion on Chines products.
He declared a " new era", for China via " socialism with a Chinese characteristics', which will be achieved with increased military clout ( its budget has been increased) and technological advances, which will turn China into a top innovative country by 2035 and a " modern nation" on par with the US by 2050. " The Chinese people have been indomitable and persistent, we have the spirit of fighting the bloody battle against our enemies to the bitter end", he declared, in the Great Hall to thunderous cheering. The King/Emperor was beaming, as he looked over his fawning /enthusiastic "subjects".
In the meantime Trump and the American media were titillating the American public with Stormy, Putin's election and the Russia probe.