Beijing, October 25: Xi Jinping secured a second five-year term as the President of China and general secretary of the ruling Communist Party (CPC) on Wednesday. In a brief address, Xi spoke about the China entering new era of modernisation.
"As I look ahead to the next five years, I see several important junctures and signposts," Xi said.
Stating that the coming five years between the 19th and the 20th Party Congress is the period in which the time-frames of the two Centenary goals will converge, Xi said, "Not only we must deliver the first centenary goal, we must also embark on the journey towards the second centenary goal."
"With decades of hard work, socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era. In this new context, we must get a new look and, more importantly, make new accomplishments," he said.
"Peace and development are precious and should be valued. The CPC will work with other countries for shared future and the noble cause of peace and development of all humanity," he added.
64-year-old Xi’s second term was endorsed at the end of its week-long once-in-a-five-year Congress. The conference was attended by over 2,350 delegates ended at the Great Hall of the People, the seat of power of China’s Communist leadership.
Members of the newly elected Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the 19th CPC Central Committee are Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Li Zhanshu, Wang Yang, Wang Huning, Zhao Leji and Han Zheng. Xi and Li took over power in 2012 and are set to continue till 2022.
China's ruling Communist Party endorsed to amend its Constitution to add President Xi Jinping's name and ideology, elevating him on par with party founder Mao Zedong and his successor Deng Xiaoping.
Jinping's concept of "socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era" was added to the party's Constitution at the end of the Communist Party's week-long once-in-a-five-year Congress.
According to a resolution of the 19th CPC National Congress, the amendment to the CPC's Constitution was approved making Jinping's ideology as a new component of the party's guide for action.
Mao and Deng are the only other Chinese leaders whose names and thoughts are included in the party's Constitution. The party also endorsed a second five-year term for Jinping and appointed a new set of leaders backed by him.
As China enters a new era, the CPC must write a new chapter of 21st century Marxism with a broader vision to achieve the goals set at the milestone Congress, Chen Shuguang, a professor with the Party School of the CPC Central Committee told state-run Xinhua news agency.