A new era in China begins

Updated: 2012-11-15 14:34

By China Daily-Xinhua (China Daily)

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 A new era in China begins

The newly elected Political Bureau Standing Committee of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, (from left to right) Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan and Zhang Gaoli, walk to the stage to meet the press in Beijing after the election on Thursday. Xu Jingxing / China Daily

 A new era in China begins

Women delegates take photographs after the closing of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China on Wednesday. Zou Hong / China Daily

Xi Jinping meets the press after highly anticipated transition

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, led the other newly elected members of the Standing Committee of the 18th CPC Central Committee Political Bureau to meet the press Thursday morning at the Great Hall of the People.

The other six members are: Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan, and Zhang Gaoli.

"We are greatly encouraged by both the trust all the comrades of the Party have placed in us and the great expectation the people of all ethnic groups in China have of us, and we are keenly aware that this is also an important responsibility for us," Xi said.

"Our responsibility now is to rally and lead the entire Party and the people of all ethnic groups in China in taking over the relay baton passed on to us by history, and in making continued efforts to achieve the great renewal of the Chinese nation, make the Chinese nation stand rock-firm in the family of nations, and make even greater contribution to mankind," he said.

"Our people have an ardent love for life. They wish to have better education, more stable jobs, more income, greater social security, better medical and health care, improved housing conditions, and a better environment," Xi said.

"They want their children to have sound growth, have good jobs and lead a more enjoyable life. To meet their desire for a happy life is our mission. It is only hard work that creates all happiness in the world," he said.

He said the new Party leaders are not complacent and will never rest on the laurels.

"Under the new conditions, our Party faces many severe challenges, and there are also many pressing problems within the Party that need to be resolved, particularly corruption, being divorced from the people, going through formalities and bureaucratism caused by some Party officials," Xi said.

The first plenary session of the 18th CPC Central Committee also elected 25 members of the Political Bureau.

Xi was also named chairman of the CPC Central Military Commission. Fan Changlong and Xu Qiliang were named vice-chairmen.

At the plenary session of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) of the CPC on Thursday, Wang Qishan was elected secretary of CCDI.

The 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China wrapped up on Wednesday.

"Ahead of us are unprecedented opportunities for development as well as risks and challenges unknown before. The whole Party must keep in mind the trust the people have placed in us and the great expectations they have of us," Hu Jintao said in an address to 2,307 delegates at the closing of the Party congress.

According to the Party Constitution, the highest bodies of the CPC are the National Congress and the Central Committee it elects.

Altogether, there are 205 members and 171 alternate members in the new Central Committee. This compares with 204 members and 167 alternate members elected five years ago.

Xi and Li were members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the 17th Central Committee.

The other members of the Standing Committee - Hu Jintao, 69, Wu Bangguo, 71, Wen Jiabao, 70, Jia Qinglin, 72, Li Changchun, 68, He Guoqiang, 69, Zhou Yongkang, 69 - will not remain on the new Central Committee.

The report was hailed as a political blueprint for completing the building of a "moderately prosperous society in all aspects" and accelerating socialist modernization.

The resolution said the congress agrees on the plan in the report for promoting socialist economic, political, cultural, social and ecological progress in China.

It said that to achieve new victories for socialism with Chinese characteristics, China must persevere with reform and opening-up, uphold social fairness and justice, promote social harmony, pursue peaceful development and stick to the leadership of the Party.

It called for strenuous efforts to establish a sound mechanism for conducting checks and oversight of the exercise of power, thereby advancing socialist political progress.

"Combating corruption and promoting political integrity is a clear-cut and long-term political commitment of the Party and a major political issue of great concern to the people," it said.

"We must make unremitting efforts to combat corruption, promote integrity and stay vigilant against degeneration."

It urged the whole Party to be keenly aware of potential dangers, be modest and prudent, guard against arrogance and impetuosity and remain clearheaded.

"We must be innovative in our thinking, uphold truth and correct mistakes, and always maintain energy and drive," it said.

Delegates to the congress also approved an amendment to the Party Constitution that enshrines the historical position of the Scientific Outlook on Development and makes it a part of the Party's guidelines for action.

The delegates also passed a resolution on the work report of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.