On the day the mainland marked its remarkable 30 years of reform, President Hu Jintao warned fellow Communist Party members against complacency and told them not to take the party's nearly 60 years of rule for granted in facing the future. The party must continue to reform and adapt to changing times, Mr Hu told delegates in a 100-minute speech marking the 30th anniversary of the reform and opening up. 'The Communist Party's status as the ruling party is not immutable. What it possessed in the past does not equal what it possesses at present; what it possesses now does not equal what it will possess in the future.' While the party has led the nation through three decades of bold reforms that transformed China from a struggling nation to a fledging global power, widespread discontent over corruption, a widening wealth gap, environmental woes and social injustice threatens its legitimacy. The president said apart from economic growth, his party would prioritise maintaining control and stability. 'Maintaining and improving the party's leadership is the fundamental guarantee for our progress and success,' he said. Mr Hu spoke at a grand ceremony at the Great Hall of the People celebrating the economic and social transformation initiated by the late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping in December 1978. He said the achievements of the past 30 years would be remembered by history, but the party must set its sights on the future. 'Our goals are that [China] will become a well-off society, and all our people can share in the prosperity by the time our party is 100 years old  and China will become a modernised, harmonious and democratic nation by the 100th anniversary of the People's Republic ', he said. Mr Hu acknowledged China was still at an initial stage of development and faced many internal conflicts. 'There are many areas in our work in which we have not done well enough, and the people are not satisfied. Looking ahead, we will face many challenges and difficulties,' he said. Mr Hu said China has made headway in 'building socialism with Chinese characteristics', but would not follow the western model. 'We must draw on the beneficial fruits of humankind's political civilisation, but we will never copy the model of the western political system,' he said. The reform and development must not, he stressed, go beyond what society can bear. 'We must be clearly aware that development is of overriding importance and that stability is our overriding task. If there is no stability, then nothing can be done, and whatever achievements we have made will be lost,' he said. Beijing-based analyst Liu Junning said the speech was loaded with political cliches and slogans, showing the party and incumbent leadership had little interest in pushing for meaningful political reform. 'I don't see anything very positive [regarding political reform] from the speech,' he said. Instead, Mr Hu's warnings against 'hostile forces both inside and outside the country' laid bare the mindset of the party, which viewed any calls for political reform through the lens of 'class struggles', he said. Zhang Zuhua , an outspoken writer in Beijing, noted that political reform had never really appeared in the party's agenda since 1989. '[Premier] Wen Jiabao mentioned political reform during a visit to the US and Mr Hu also spoke about it now, but these are only words for ears abroad,' he said. He said the arrests of dissidents who signed the open letter named Charter 08 and the crackdown on outspoken publications were signs that the authorities were paranoid about calls for political reforms. Professor Liu noted Mr Hu did not mention the 'only meaningful change' in the political system in the past 30 years, the 10-year term limit for Politburo Standing Committee members.