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Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 09:41
CPC elects new Central Committee in leadership transition
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 09:41 By ​Xinhua

The closing session of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) is held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Oct 24, 2017. (XIE HUANCHI / XINHUA)

BEIJING - A new CPC Central Committee and a new Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) were elected at the closing session of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Tuesday morning.

The Communist Party of China (CPC) unveiled a new leadership, electing the 19th CPC Central Committee to lead the Party for the coming five years 

Delegates to the congress, which concluded on Tuesday, also passed resolutions on a report of the 18th CPC Central Committee, a work report of the CCDI and an amendment to the CPC Constitution.

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The CPC unveiled a new leadership, electing the 19th CPC Central Committee to lead the Party for the coming five years. The 19th 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 on Wednesday. 
Xi Jinping was elected into the CPC's 19th Central Committee as also Wang Huning, Liu Qibao, Xu Qiliang, Sun Chunlan, Li Keqiang, Wang Yang, Zhang Chunxian, Zhao Leji, Hu Chunhua, Li Zhanshu and Han Zheng. 

Xi, 64, was a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the 18th CPC Central Committee. Li Keqiang, 62, was a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the 18th CPC Central Committee. The others were all members of the Political Bureau of the 18th CPC Central Committee.

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 Committee.

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An amendment to the CPC Constitution was approved Tuesday, making Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era a new component of the Party's guide for action, according to a resolution of the 19th CPC National Congress. According to the resolution, the CPC also included Xi's military thinking and the Party's "absolute" leadership over the armed forces in its Constitution. 

Xi hails great future for Chinese nation 

Xi said Tuesday that China's socialist system demonstrates great strength and vitality, and the Chinese people and the Chinese nation embrace brilliant prospects. "Our Party shows strong, firm and vibrant leadership," Xi said at the closing session.

Living in such a great era, we are all the more confident and proud, and also feel the heavy weight of responsibility upon us

Xi Jinping

"Living in such a great era, we are all the more confident and proud, and also feel the heavy weight of responsibility upon us," Xi told more than 2,300 delegates and specially invited delegates to the congress which opened on Oct 18.

It has been 96 years since the CPC was founded, 68 years since the People's Republic of China was established, and 39 years since reform and opening up began.

The CPC has united and led the Chinese people and the Chinese nation in ending "once and for all" the miserable plight of old China, which had been bullied by foreign aggressors following the Opium War of 1840, and in walking completely out of poverty and weakness, Xi said.

He described the congress as one of "remaining true to our original aspiration and our mission, holding high our banner, and forging ahead in solidarity."

Also, as per the resolution, the CPC has incorporated pushing for Belt and Road development in its Constitution. The congress agreed to write into the Constitution "following the principle of achieving shared growth through discussion and collaboration, and pursuing the Belt and Road Initiative".

Proposed by Xi Jinping in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative aims to build a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along and beyond the ancient Silk Road trade routes. It comprises the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road

The CPC National Congress is held every five years and convened by the Central Committee. The number of delegates to the National Congress and the procedure governing their election shall be determined by the Central Committee.

At least 8 percent of nominees for candidates for members and alternate members of the 19th Central Committee of the CPC and candidates for members of the CCDI have been voted off in preliminary elections in the past days. 

Delegates to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) walk to the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Oct 24, 2017. (SHEN HONG / XINHUA)

Discussions of 34 delegations on the report to the 19th CPC National Congress, delivered by Xi on behalf of the 18th CPC Central Committee at the opening of the congress, were open to journalists at designated periods of time. 

More than 3,000 journalists covered the congress. Among them, 1,818 are from overseas including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, 6.7 percent more than the 18th CPC National Congress. Foreign reporters come from 134 countries, 19.6 percent more than the previous congress. 

The five-yearly congress, which opened on Oct 18, was held during the decisive stage when China is building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and at a critical moment as socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era. 

The CPC has more than 89 million members.      

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