By Shifu Fadda
China’s President, Xi Jinping, was re-elected General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on Wednesday.
The re-election of President Xi took place at the 19th CPC Central Committee first plenary session on Wednesday morning. Xi presided over the meeting, which was attended by 204 members and 172 alternate members of the CPC Central Committee.
Six members were also elected to serve the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the 19th CPC Central Committee. They are China’s Premier – Li Keqiang, Li Zhanshu, Wang Yang, Wang Huning, Zhao Leji and Han Zheng.
The meeting elected members of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and its Standing Committee.
Based on the nomination of the Political Bureau Standing Committee, it endorsed members of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee and decided on members of the CPC Central Military Commission. It also approved the election of the secretary, deputy secretaries and members of the Standing Committee of the 19th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI).
President Xi presented the Party’s new central leadership at a press conference held on Wednesday at the Great Hall of the People.
He said his re-election is as a result of his good work and gives him more encouragement do greater things ahead.
He revealed that Li Keqiang has served on the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the 18th CPC Central Committee, while all the others were members of the Political Bureau of the 18th CPC Central Committee.
He thanked all other members of the Party for the trust they have placed in them, on behalf of the newly elected central leadership.
“We will work diligently to meet our duty, fulfill our mission and be worthy of their trust,” he said and added that for the past five years the party had set a broader agenda, some of which have been achieved and some in progress awaiting a successful completion.
“We are in a new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics. I look forward to the next five years in which I have seen several junctions and signposts ahead,” Xi said.
Looking forward to the years ahead, China will celebrate its 40th anniversary of its reform and opening up in 2018. President Xi told Journalists that this has enabled the country to be at peace and the people living a comfortable life.
“The great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation will become a reality with the cause of reform and opening up,” he said and assured that his administration will work to accomplish more development for the people.
2019, he said will mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Xi noted that “We have worked to achieve a sound economic growth and a prosperous People’s Republic of China.”
On poverty elimination, China is hoping to say goodbye to poverty by 2020. “In the march for common prosperity, no one will be left behind. We will remain committed to a people-centered development and create an environment for improved security and common prosperity,” Xi noted.
He continued by pointing out that the CPC will be celebrating its decades Centenary in 2021, which will be a prime of life. “As the world’s largest political party, it is capable of having a great reform of itself and become a backbone of promoting world peace and development. We will make all efforts to foster a political party of integrity and driving China’s development.”
The CPC, Xi said will strive to ensure peace and development for humanity because, as he put it “the party and people have gone through trials and tribulations”. “The people are the creators of history. As long as we rely on them we are bound to bring development come rain or shine,” he assured.
A total of 452 major political parties in 165 countries have sent 855 messages of congratulation to the Communist Party of China (CPC) since the opening of the 19th CPC National Congress, Xi Jinping said Wednesday.
Of these congratulatory messages, 814 came from heads of state or governments, leaders of political parties, and organizations. “On behalf of the CPC Central Committee, I wish to convey our sincere appreciation to them all,” Xi said.