China will not copy Western system in political reform: Hu
China will continue to carry out reform of
the political structure, but the country will never copy a Western
political system, President Hu Jintao said here Thursday at the
opening of the Communist Party of China's 18th National Congress. »
Beijing: Xi Jinping
and Li Keqiang Wednesday moved closer to taking over the reins of
power in China, one of the world's strongest economies, as the
Communist Party of China (CPC) elected a new 18th CPC Central
Committee to lead the party in the next five years and backed
The CPC amended its constitution to support reforms and opening up
of the economy as the path to a stronger China, reported Xinhua.
The 18th CPC Central Committee will in turn elect the Political
Bureau, the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau and the
General Secretary at its first plenary session Thursday morning.
Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang were amongst those elected into the 18th
Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) at the
closing session Wednesday, paving the way for Xi to succeed
President Hu Jintao and Li Keqiang to take the place of Premier
Wen Jiabao in a once-a-decade power transition.
Xi is member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of
the 17th CPC Central Committee, vice president and vice chairman
of the CPC Central Military Commission.
BBC describes the 59-year-old as a princeling, a term applied to
senior officials who are thought to owe at least some of their
success to family connections. He is the son of revolutionary
veteran Xi Zhongxun, one of the Communist Party's founding
Li, 57, is also member of the Standing Committee of the Political
Bureau of the 17th CPC Central Committee and vice premier.
There are a total of 2,325 delegates and specially invited
delegates to the 18th National Congress that began Nov 8.
According to the party constitution, the highest leading body of
the CPC is the National Congress and the Central Committee it
elects, and all constituent organizations and members of the Party
are subordinate to the National Congress and the Central
The CPC National Congress is held once every five years and
convened by the Central Committee.
Delegates to the National Congress also passed resolutions on the
report of the 17th CPC Central Committee, the work report of the
Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and an amendment to
the CPC Constitution.
"The congress elected a new central committee of the party and
replaced older leaders with younger ones," Hu Jintao said in a
closing address at the closing session in the Great Hall of People
in central Beijing.
"We are convinced that all the decisions and plans adopted and all
the achievements made at the congress, which are of major current
and far-reaching historical significance, will play an important
role in guiding the all-around development of the great cause of
socialism with Chinese characteristics and the great new
undertaking of Party building," he said.
Chinese leaders including Jiang Zemin, Wu Bangguo, Wen Jiabao, Jia
Qinglin, Li Changchun, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, He Guoqiang and
Zhou Yongkang were present at the closing session, which was
presided over by Hu.