Chinese President Xi Jinping today addressed the opening the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC). Xi said the CPC has given shape to “Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era”, according to Chinese state media Global Times. Xi explained that the thoughts build on and enriches “Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory, the Theory of Three Represents, and the Scientific Outlook on Development.” The Chinese President also shared his vision for the country and the role it is committed to play in the international arena over the following decades.
The Chinese President also shared his vision for the country and the role it is committed to play in the international arena over the following decades.
Here are the highlights of President Xi Jinping’s speech at the 19th CPC:
Most effective socialist democracy: According to CGTN, President Xi said China’s “socialist democracy” is the “broadest, most genuine and most effective democracy to safeguard the fundamental interests of people. “The essence of the people’s democracy is that the people get to discuss their own affairs,” Xi was quoted as saying by CGTN.
Strong armed forces: Xi said China has reached a “new historical point” for strengthening national defense. Xi said modernisation of national defense and forces would be done by 2015. China will have fully world class forces by the mid-21st century.
No to hegemony: Xi said China will never seek hegemony in international relations. He said China is committed to “strengthening friendship and cooperation.” According to CGTN, Xi said “no matter what stage of development it reaches” China will never seek hegemony or engage in expansion.
Against corruption: Xi called for no-tolerance for corruption and said the CPC will work for adopting a national anti-corruption legislation. Xi said CPC will secure a “sweeping victory” in its fight against corruption to avoid the historical cycle of rise and fall.
Development plan: Xi outlined a two-stage development plan — one from 2020-2035 to ensure “socialist modernization” is realised and second from 2035-mid-century to develop China into a “great modern socialist country.” Xi said CPC will lead the country to basically realize socialist modernization by 2035.
Chinese contradiction: Xi said the principle contradiction faced by Chinese is between “unbalanced and inadequate development and the people’s ever-growing needs for a better life.” Xi said CPC has “vowed to satisfy the people’s desire for “a better life” and written the idea into a key political document”
The 19th CPC Congress will conclude on October 24