Beijing: Xi Jinping,
who was Thursday elected the powerful general secretary of the
Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC),
introduced here the new leaders who would lead China, one of the
world's strongest economies.
Xi led the other newly-elected members of the Standing Committee
of the 18th CPC Central Committee Political Bureau to meet the
press at the Great Hall of the People.
"I was elected general secretary of the Party Central Committee by
the plenary session. Now, I wish to introduce to you the other six
newly elected members of the Standing Committee of the Political
Bureau," Xinhua quoted him as saying.
"They are: Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan,
Wang Qishan, and Zhang Gaoli. Li Keqiang was a member of the
Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the 17th Party
Central Committee, and all the others were members of the
Political Bureau of the 17th Party Central Committee," Xi said.
Xi said the 18th CPC National Congress "came to a successful
"We have just held the first plenary session of the 18th Central
Committee of the Communist Party China and elected a new central
leadership," Xi said.
"On behalf of the members of the newly elected central leadership,
I wish to express our heartfelt thanks to all other members of the
party for the great trust they have placed in us. We will strive
to be worthy of their trust and fulfill our mission," Xi said.
"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," he added.
Xi said that China is "a great nation".
"Throughout 5,000 years and more of evolution as a civilization,
the Chinese nation has made indelible contribution to the progress
of human civilization."
In modern times, however, China endured untold hardships and
sufferings, and its very survival hung in the balance, Xi said.
Since its founding, the Communist Party of China has made great
sacrifices and forged ahead against all odds. It has rallied and
led the Chinese people in transforming the poor and backward old
China into an increasingly prosperous and powerful new China, thus
opening a completely new horizon for the great renewal of the
Chinese nation, he 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," Xi said.