19th congress of Communist Party of China kicks off; Pres. Xi stresses national rejuvenation


China’s biggest political event,… the Communist
Party Congress,… is well underway. And we could expect some changes to the country’s
governing documents… and leadership from the event. Many anticipate President Xi Jinping will
tighten his grip on power by naming allies to top posts… as he begins a second five-year
term. Oh Jung-hee reports. The 19th Congress of the Communist Party of
China kicked off in Beijing on Wednesday. It’s China’s biggest political event, held
only twice a decade. More than 23-hundred delegates are in Beijing
from around the country to elect a new Politburo — the group that effectively rules the country
— to make amendments to the constitution… and to lay out plans for national development. Chinese President Xi Jinping is starting his
second term. He’s alread been declared the ‘core leader’
of the Party, but now his political stature is to be put on par with that of the Party’s
founder Mao Zedong and his successor Deng Xiaoping. Opening the week-long congress, President
Xi said that China has made some historic achievements over past five years,… lifting
over six million people out of poverty. He stressed… that now the Party’s task is
to realize the “Chinese Dream” of national rejuvenation — developing “socialism with
Chinese characteristics” for a new era… and thereby completing the construction of
a modern socialist state by the 2050s. To do that, he emphasized,… centralized
and unified leadership is the key. (Chinese)
“China is still and will long remain in the primary stage of socialism, and China’s international
status as the world’s largest developing country has not changed. The whole Party should work to unite people
of all ethnic groups across the country to achieve economic development as the main goal…
and make China a powerful socialist state.” President Xi also emphasized that his fight
against corruption will continue… by putting power into what he called a stronger institutional
cage… through legislation and measures like a reporting platform. Much attention is on who will rise as allies
of President Xi. Five new members will be appointed to the
Politburo Standing Committee,… which is China’s top decision-making body. For the opening of the Congress,… North
Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party sent a message of congratulations. Pyongyang’s state media reported that warm
greetings and hope for a ‘satisfactory success’ were delivered to the Chinese Party and the
people. But Pyongyang’s message for this Congress
was only three sentences long — much shorter than the one sent to Beijing for the previous
congress in 2012… which was over 800 characters long. Also, while the previous messages have always
emphasized ‘securing and advancing the two countries’ long friendship,’… there was
no mention of that this year,…. which reflects the cooler relations between
the two over Pyongyang’s continued provocations and Beijing’s sanctions on the regime.. Oh Jung-hee, Arirang News.




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