MOSCOW, March 17 (RIA Novosti) – China’s newly elected President Xi Jinping pledged on Sunday to steer the country along the Chinese path of development and take energetic efforts to deliver the ‘Chinese dream’ to the nation of over 1 billion.
"We must make persistent efforts, press ahead with indomitable will, continue to push forward the great cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics and strive to achieve the Chinese dream of great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation," Xi said in his keynote speech at the 12th National People's Congress.
Xi’s comments came as China’s Communist government completed the transfer of power to the new, “fifth generation” of Chinese leaders.
To implement the “Chinese dream," China must take the Chinese way of development, Xi said, according to official news agency Xinhua.
“To realize the Chinese road, we must spread the Chinese spirit, which combines the spirit of the nation with patriotism as the core and the spirit of the time with reform and innovation as the core,” Xi said.
The son of a senior Communist Party member and revolutionary hero, who was later purged from the party, Xi studied chemical engineering at the prestigious Tsinghua University.
After graduating, he rose through the ranks. He also has some military experience: he served as secretary to vice premier and Central Military Commission secretary-general, Geng Biao, his father’s former subordinate.
Xi, 59, is married to celebrity Peng Liyuan, a famous Chinese People’s Liberation Army singer. US diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks in 2010 described Xi as “a fan of Hollywood World War II movies,” and quoted him as saying that Chinese moviemakers neglect “values they should promote.”
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