A new generation of top Chinese leaders took the stage on the 15th of November after the leadership of the ruling party changed hands. Xi Jinping was sworn in as secretary general of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), leading the seven member Political Bureau Standing Committee. The other six members of the Party’s central leading organ are Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan and Zhang Gaoli.
They were elected at the first plenum of the 18th CPC Central Committee following the CPC’s 18th National Congress. The leaders made their debut at the Great Hall of the People under the spotlight of hundreds of reporters from across the world.
Xi said they will continue to make efforts to achieve the renewal of the nation. Xi noted that the Party faces many challenges and that there are many pressing problems within the Party, citing corruption and bureaucracy. Due to global economic uncertainties and emerging domestic issues, Chinese people are expecting more reforms from the new leadership.
Members of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee gathered on the 17th to exchange opinions with respect to the just concluded 18th CPC National Congress. The meeting was presided over by secretary general Xi Jinpin.
In his speech at the meeting, Xi called for efforts to uphold and develop socialism with Chinese characteristics. This is also the theme of the report to the 18th CPC National Congress, which was delivered by Hu Jintao on Nov. 8.
Xi called on the whole Party to firmly adhere to the spirit of the 18th national congress.
Socialism with Chinese characteristics is the banner held high by the Party after opening up. The report to the 18th CPC National Congress outlined a blueprint for China to complete the building of a prosperous modern society. The report serves as a political manifesto and an action guideline for the Party, and it also showed the way of work for the new CPC leadership, Xi said.