Xi said, “After more than 40 years of unflagging efforts towards reform and opening up, we have created rapid economic development and long-term social stability”
Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping has secured an unprecedented third term as the country’s top leader. This makes him one of the most influential leaders of China.
Xi has been elected as the general secretary of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party. He will serve as general secretary for another five-year term, tilting the country decisively back towards one-man rule after decades of power-sharing among its elite.
Speaking with the press Xi said that the world needs China. “China cannot develop without the world, and the world also needs China,” Xi said. “After more than 40 years of unflagging efforts towards reform and opening up, we have created two miracles — rapid economic development and long-term social stability,” he added.
Making a promise of diligent performance he said, “work diligently in the performance of our duties to prove worthy of the great trust of our party and our people.”
After a week-long discussion of 2,300 hand-selected delegates, during which they confirmed Xi’s “core position” in the leadership and authorized a comprehensive overhaul that saw previous competitors step down, he was formally installed.
Around 200 top party officials were chosen to make up the new Central Committee at the 20th Congress, and they reassembled on Sunday to pick Xi and the other members of the Standing Committee, which represents the pinnacle of Chinese political authority.
The Chinese Premier, the second most powerful official after Xi, is not listed in the new Central Committee, which means that Li will retire from his party role.
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Saturday’s preceding was marred by controversy surrounding former President Hu Jintao’s unceremonious exit from Congress. The 79-year-old former leader, Xi Jinping’s predecessor, was unexpectedly led out of the hall by two men during the closing ceremony.
According to Chinese state media, Hu was “not feeling well” when he was unexpectedly removed from the closing ceremony of the 20th Congress of China’s Communist Party on Saturday.
“Xinhuanet reporter Liu Jiawen has learned that Hu Jintao insisted on attending the closing session… despite the fact that he has been taking time to recuperate recently,” Xinhua said on Twitter.
“When he was not feeling well during the session, his staff, for his health, accompanied him to a room next to the meeting venue for a rest. Now, he is much better,” the state agency added.
The congress took place at one of the most perilous periods in international affairs in recent years. A war is raging in Ukraine as President Vladimir Putin attempts to burnish his credentials as a great Russian leader, and China remains a staunch supporter of this would-be tsar.
At the same time, Taiwan Strait tensions are at their highest in decades, as China attempts to pummel Taipei into acquiescence.
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