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4. 19th Party Congress
 
 
Xi Jinping (C), general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), and the other newly elected members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the 19th CPC Central Committee Li Keqiang (3rd R), Li Zhanshu (3rd L), Wang Yang (2nd R), Wang Huning (2nd L), Zhao Leji (1st R) and Han Zheng, meet the press at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, October 25, 2017. Photo: Xinhua
 
China’s most important and highest-level political event which is held twice a decade - a time of personnel reshuffle, concerning not only top leadership but practically all significant political positions in China. 
 
The 19th National Congress of Communist Party of China (CPC) was held in Beijing from October 18 to 24, during which Xi Jinping was re-elected as the president of China for the next five years. 
 
While Xi summed up what the country had done in the past five years under the leadership of CPC, he outline the party’s priorities for the next five years, including an ambition to build China into a “great modern socialist country” by 2050, which is conceived as being “prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious, and beautiful.”
 
As Xi announced that socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era, it became the guiding principle for the country’s development in the coming years. And that is evidenced by the inclusion of “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” into the Party Constitution, alongside the theories of Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping.
 
Xi also noted that the current principal contradiction of Chinese society is the one between unbalanced and inadequate development and the people’s ever-growing needs for a better life. 
 
Countering foreign diplomats and business concerns that the government was blocking overseas investment, Xi said China would give equal treatment to all businesses, and promised that “China which has opened up will not close, but will open wider and wider.”
 
 


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