Chinese President Xi Jinping said that his country will not permit “sanctimonious preaching” or intimidation from outside its premises, warning that anyone who attempts  “will find themselves on a collision course with a steel wall forged by 1.4 billion people”, as the Chinese Communist party marks its 100th year.

Xi, speaking before the 70, 000 Chinese people gathered in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, lauded the ruling party for helping the country rise from poverty and disgrace as he vowed to further the military and power of China.

Xi on Thursday announced that the period of his country being subjected to bullies was “gone forever” as he stood at the Gate of Heavenly Peace, where Mao Zedong’s portrait lies beneath.

“We will not accept sanctimonious preaching from those who feel they have the right to lecture us,” Xi said. “We have never bullied, oppressed, or subjugated the people of any other country, and we never will.”

“By the same token we will never allow anyone to bully, oppress, or subjugate [China]. Anyone who tries will find them on a collision course with a steel wall forged by 1.4 billion people.”

His powerful message was welcomed by a euphoric applause by the crowd, who were members of the CCP.

Under the CCP’s rule are 1.4 billion people. It is also listed among the most huge economies globally.

China, however, commits human rights violations against other Asian nations like India and Taiwan, among others, who are in conflict for South China Sea claims. This has resulted in China being forced out of the way of the international community. The country’s ties with other nations like the US, Australia and Canada also remain sour and have reached the bottom in the past years.