CPC Congress Con­cludes, Open­ing New Chap­ter for New Era

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BEI­JING, Oct. 24 (Xinhua)—the 19th Na­tional Congress of the Com­mu­nist Party of China (CPC) con­cluded Tues­day, en­shrin­ing Xi Jin­ping Thought on So­cial­ism with Chi­nese Char­ac­ter­is­tics for a New Era into the Party Con­sti­tu­tion and in­stalling a new Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and a new Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion (CCDI).

At the clos­ing ses­sion presided over by Xi Jin­ping, 2,336 del­e­gates and spe­cially in­vited del­e­gates se­lected 204 mem­bers and 172 al­ter­nate mem­bers of the 19th CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee.

“We be­lieve that all the de­ci­sions and plans the congress has made and all the out­comes it has achieved will play a vi­tal role in guid­ing and en­sur­ing suc­cess in our ma­jor en­deav­ors,” Xi said in a clos­ing ad­dress at the Great Hall of the Peo­ple.

As is cus­tom­ary, the new Cen­tral Com­mit­tee will hold its first ple­nary ses­sion the fol­low­ing day of the con­clu­sion of the Party congress.

Ac­cord­ing to the CPC Con­sti­tu­tion, the plenum elects the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee’s gen­eral sec­re­tary, mem­bers of its Po­lit­i­cal Bu­reau, and mem­bers of the Po­lit­i­cal Bu­reau Stand­ing Com­mit­tee. The gen­eral sec­re­tary shall be cho­sen from Po­lit­i­cal Bu­reau Stand­ing Com­mit­tee mem­bers.

Tues­day’s clos­ing ses­sion also passed a res­o­lu­tion on an amend­ment to the Party Con­sti­tu­tion, which en­shrined Xi Jin­ping Thought on So­cial­ism with Chi­nese Char­ac­ter­is­tics for a New Era as a new com­po­nent of the Party’s guide for ac­tion.

The CPC also in­cluded Xi’s mil­i­tary think­ing and the Party’s “ab­so­lute” lead­er­ship over the armed forces, as well as other state­ments in­clud­ing “fol­low­ing the prin­ci­ple of achiev­ing shared growth through dis­cus­sion and col­lab­o­ra­tion, and pur­su­ing the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive” into its Con­sti­tu­tion.

The Party must “make com­pre­hen­sive ef­forts” to en­sure that “the fight against cor­rup­tion keeps go­ing,” ac­cord­ing to the re­vised Con­sti­tu­tion.

The CPC, which was es­tab­lished in 1921 and took power 28 years later, has rou­tinely amended its Con­sti­tu­tion at past na­tional con­gresses to keep up with the times.

“Through th­ese many years of strug­gle with tenac­ity, our Party 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.

Del­e­gates to the congress also passed res­o­lu­tions on a re­port of the 18th CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and a work re­port of the CCDI, fully ap­prov­ing the work the Party had done in past five years.

“In our Party, each and ev­ery one of us must al­ways breathe the same breath as the peo­ple, share the same fu­ture, and stay truly con­nected to them,” he said.

“The as­pi­ra­tions of the peo­ple to live a bet­ter life must al­ways be the fo­cus of our ef­forts,” Xi said.

Xi noted that the cen­tral com­mit­tees of China’s other po­lit­i­cal par­ties, the All-china Fed­er­a­tion of In­dus­try and Com­merce and pub­lic fig­ures from all eth­nic groups and all sec­tors in China of­fered their con­grat­u­la­tions dur­ing the congress.

“Many coun­tries’ lead­ers, po­lit­i­cal par­ties, or­ga­ni­za­tions, and prom­i­nent fig­ures also sent us con­grat­u­la­tory mes­sages. The pre­sid­ium of the Congress wishes to ex­tend heart­felt thanks to each and ev­ery one of them,” he said.

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. (Source: Xinhua)

Xi Jin­ping pre­sides over the clos­ing ses­sion of the 19th Na­tional Congress of the Com­mu­nist Party of China (CPC) at the Great Hall of the Peo­ple in Bei­jing, Oct. 24, 2017. (Xinhua/lan Hong­guang)

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