Sunday, March 17, 2013

Chinese President Xi Jinping Calls For A Renaissance Of The Nation In His First Public Speech

Photo: Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at the closing meeting of the first session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 17, 2013. (Xinhua/Li Tao)

Chinese President Xi Jinping calls for renaissance -- BBC

The new Chinese President, Xi Jinping, has said he will fight for "the great renaissance of the Chinese nation," in his first speech as head of state.

He was speaking at the end of China's annual meeting of the National People's Congress.

The Chinese government has completed a once-in-a-decade leadership transition.

The new Premier Li Keqiang is giving a rare press conference, as he takes control of the day-to-day running of the country.

Mr Li, who already holds the number two spot in the Communist Party, takes over from Wen Jiabao.

Mr Li was elected for a five-year term but, like his predecessor, would be expected to spend a decade in office.

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Update: China President Xi calls for 'great renaissance' -- AFP

My Comment: Bold words .... but for now it is only words. The Chinese political system will eventually reform .... but I do not see it happening now.

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