Xi elected CPC Central Committee general secretary

Beijing, Nov 15 (IANS) 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 conclusion".

"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.

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