World’s biggest communist congress has begun in China with President Xi Jinping’s opening speech.
President Xi has pledged to continue fights against corruption. His so-called anti-corruption campaign has earned him enemies at home.
President Xi addressed around 2000 delegates in a ‘twice in a decade’ party congress in Beijing’s famous Great Hall of People.
This congress will continue for a week and the delegates will select a new Politburo Standing Committee.
The new Politburo Standing Committee will rule 1.4 billion Chinese people for the next five years.
President Xi said in his inaugural speech, “Through a long period of hard work, socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era, this is a new historical direction in our country’s development.”
Xi praised the anti-corruption campaign he conducted over the last years that brought down more than a million party cadres.
His stance against corruption brought down many high-profile party leaders turning him into an enemy to a wide range of party people.
“The fight against corruption has formed an overwhelming posture and strengthened in development,” Xi said.
Instead of copy pasting political system from other countries, Xi said, China’s political system is the most genuine and effective to protect the rights and interests of the Chinese people.
“We should not just mechanically copy the political systems of other countries,” he said.
President Xi has vowed to take China to the ‘central stage’ of the world. He envisioned Chinese leadership in the global world in the biggest party congress of the Communist Party of China.
Xi said China will relax market access for foreign investment and expand access to the country’s service sectors.
President Xi promised to strengthen the state firms at the same time, in the most anticipated Chinese Communist Congress.