Communist Party of China holds 19th Congress: Xi Jinping vows to build modern socialist country

Chinese president Xi Jinping opened the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China on Wednesday in Beijing's Great Hall of the People with a pledge to build a 'modern socialist country' that will never copy the political systems of others and will remain open to the world

FP Staff October 18, 2017 13:01:58 IST
Chinese president Xi Jinping opened the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China on Wednesday in Beijing's Great Hall of the People with a pledge to build a "modern socialist country" that will never copy the political systems of others and will remain open to the world. Reuters
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Chinese president Xi Jinping opened the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China on Wednesday in Beijing's Great Hall of the People with a pledge to build a "modern socialist country" that will never copy the political systems of others and will remain open to the world. Reuters
Xi’s wide-ranging speech kicked off the twice-a-decade congress, a week-long, mostly closed-door conclave that will culminate with the selection of a new Politburo Standing Committee that will rule China's 1.4 billion people for the next five years. Reuters
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Xi’s wide-ranging speech kicked off the twice-a-decade congress, a week-long, mostly closed-door conclave that will culminate with the selection of a new Politburo Standing Committee that will rule China's 1.4 billion people for the next five years. Reuters
Xi set out his vision as he addressed more than 2,000 delegates in Beijing's cavernous Great Hall of the People, including 91-year-old former president Jiang Zemin. Reuters
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Xi set out his vision as he addressed more than 2,000 delegates in Beijing's cavernous Great Hall of the People, including 91-year-old former president Jiang Zemin. Reuters
"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 said in a speech carried live across the nation on state television. Reuters
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"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 said in a speech carried live across the nation on state television. Reuters
China will relax market access for foreign investment and expand access to its services sector, as well as deepen market-oriented reform of its exchange rate and financial system, while at the same time strengthening state firms, he said. Reuters
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China will relax market access for foreign investment and expand access to its services sector, as well as deepen market-oriented reform of its exchange rate and financial system, while at the same time strengthening state firms, he said. Reuters
Former Chinese president Jiang Zemin (C) waves as he leaves after the opening session of the Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Reuters
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Former Chinese president Jiang Zemin (C) waves as he leaves after the opening session of the Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Reuters
Coverage in state media has kicked into overdrive, with large red banners plastered around Beijing welcoming the Congress, while censors have stepped up the already tight monitoring of the internet. Reuters
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Coverage in state media has kicked into overdrive, with large red banners plastered around Beijing welcoming the Congress, while censors have stepped up the already tight monitoring of the internet. Reuters