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China: Xi presides over first meeting of Foreign Affairs Commission

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Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), on Tuesday called for enhancing the centralized and unified leadership of the CPC Central Committee over foreign affairs and opening up new prospects of major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics. Xi, also Chinese president, chairman of the Central Military Commission and head of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, made the remarks when presiding over the first meeting of the Foreign Affairs Commission.

The meeting was also attended by Premier Li Keqiang, also member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and deputy head of the commission, and Vice President Wang Qishan, also member of the commission. Wang Huning, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee, and Vice Premier Han Zheng, also member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, were also present at the meeting.

Chinese president arrives in Vietnam for APEC meeting, state visit

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Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, arrived in this Vietnamese city on Friday for the 25th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting and a state visit to the southeast Asian country. Xi delivered a speech at the APEC CEO Summit later this afternoon, and is attending a dialogue with representatives of the APEC Business Advisory Council, as well as an informal dialogue with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Xi said the two countries share similar political systems, development paths and an interrelated future. He said China and Vietnam have witnessed an ever increasing cooperation and deepening relationship since the two countries forged diplomatic ties 67 years ago, which have brought tangible benefits to the two peoples and contributed a lot to the peace, stability and prosperity in the region. “The consensus reached by leaders of our two parties and countries has been implemented step by step, and the China-Vietnam strategic cooperation is moving toward new breadth and depth”, Xi said.

 

China will continue “to go global”, Hong Kong plays active role

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A Chinese official said here Wednesday that China will continue to go global in this new era with new opportunities brought to the world, especially to Hong Kong. Xie Feng, Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China (CPC) in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), made the remarks at a briefing to foreign chambers of commerce in Hong Kong and representatives of multinational corporations on the outcome as well as significance of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC). “We are promoting China’s socialist modernization drive and are working to ensure the faithful implementation of ‘one country, two systems’ in Hong Kong. This will bring opportunities to not only Hong Kong but also countries and business communities around the globe,” Xie said. Andrew Seaton, Executive Director of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, said that the international business community welcomes the initiatives for the latest development of Chinese economy, some of which have already caught a high level of interest among foreign businesses.

Xi Jinping’s strong army

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China’s military should take solid steps toward a strong army as socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era, said Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

Xi made the remarks when meeting senior military officers in Beijing Thursday.

Xi, also Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), urged the army to remain true to its original aspiration and keep its mission firmly in mind. He asked the army to learn and implement the spirit of the 19th CPC National Congress, following the road of building a strong army with Chinese characteristics and promoting the modernization of national defense and the army. “We should strive to fully transform the people’s armed forces into a world-class military by the mid-21st century,” Xi said. The President asked the members of the CMC, newly chosen at the first plenary session of the 19th CPC Central Committee, to be keenly aware of the trust bestowed by the Party and people and the expectations of all servicemen and women and spare no effort in their work. Senior officers, as the backbone of the campaign to build a strong army, should be loyal and obedient to the Party, be good and smart at combat and endeavor to reform, Xi said.

They should be efficient in commanding their forces, strict in discipline and set an example by performing their duty with spirit and diligence, he said. The armed forces should improve political education and combat training and push forwards all projects of the 13th five-year plan of military development, he said.

Military reform projects should not be delayed and the armed forces should be placed under strict discipline.

The armed forces are also urged to plan future work according to the guidelines of the 19th CPC National Congress.

China; New CPC leadership for new era

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unveiled a new leadership line-up Wednesday to lead the world’s most populous nation toward a great modern socialist country. Xi Jinping was again elected general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, leading its seven-seat Political Bureau Standing Committee. The other six members of the top leadership are Li Keqiang, Li Zhanshu, Wang Yang, Wang Huning, Zhao Leji and Han Zheng. They were elected at the first plenum of the 19th CPC Central Committee following the 19th CPC National Congress, a new historic starting point for the Party to realize its ambitious blueprint for the nation’s great revival. During the twice-a-decade congress which concluded Tuesday, the CPC declared a “new era” of socialism with Chinese characteristics. It enshrined Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era into the CPC Constitution as a new component of the Party’s action guide. “The new leaders have rich experience and a strong sense of responsibility”, he said. “I believe that with the guidance of the latest achievement in adapting Marxism to the Chinese context, they can lead the Party and the nation to blaze new trails, overcome difficulties and accomplish the glorious missions in the new era”.

Xi heralds ‘new era’ of socialism

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The Communist Party of China (CPC) rolled out “Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” and embarked on a journey to build a “great modern socialist country” at the opening of its 19th National Congress on Wednesday. General secretary of the CPC Central Committee Xi Jinping delivered a 3.5-hour speech to the congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday morning, during which he mentioned several times a “new era” for socialism with Chinese characteristics. Xi said the new era “will be an era of securing a decisive victory in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and of moving on to all-out efforts to build a great modern socialist country”. The principal contradiction facing Chinese society now is the contradiction between unbalanced and inadequate development and the people’s ever-growing needs for a better life, Xi said. “The phrase ‘new era’ represents the changes in China after 40 years of development”, Su Wei, a professor at the Party School of the Chongqing Committee, told the Global Times on Wednesday. “And by pointing out the new contradiction in Chinese society, Xi also revealed the key emphasis of future work – more balanced development in rural and remote areas with science and technology driving the economy”. China will see socialist modernization basically realized in the first stage from 2020 to 2035 and then become a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious and beautiful from 2035 to the middle of this century, Xi noted in the report.

19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China to plan for political reform

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The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) will map out overall reform measures about the country’s political system and other systems, a spokesman for the congress said Tuesday. Based on the systematic review of achievements and experience of reform in the past, the congress will strive to address outstanding issues that have emerged in practice and work out overall reform measures, Tuo Zhen told reporters. “We will unswervingly move toward the goal of improving and developing socialism with Chinese characteristics and modernizing China’s state governance system and capability”, Tuo said.  “All the achievements China has made in reform and development since the launch of reform and opening up nearly four decades ago will not be possible without political system reform, and this will remain the case in the future”, he said. The spokesman said China has achieved major and historic achievements in political system reform, which have provided important guarantee for deepening reform in other fields and created better conditions for economic and social development. China will not copy and replicate the models of other countries in political system reform, the spokesman said. “Our unique cultural traditions, unique historic experience and unique national conditions determine that we must pursue a path of development suited to our own features”, he said.

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