President Xi Jinping declared China is entering a new era of development in his speech before the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.
He called for national unity and support for the party to achieve a moderately prosperous society by 2020, and a strong, advanced country by 2049—the 100th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic.
President Xi affirmed China will take a more assertive role on global concerns, including trade, cyber-security, terrorism and climate change.
And pledged to make significant reforms on foreign access to China’s market.
CGTN’s John Terrett has more from Beijing.
- Zou Yue is the anchor of China 24, a news magazine show on CGTN
- Song Zhang is the Chief Correspondent for Shanghai Wen Hui Daily
- Yves Tiberghien is the Director Emeritus of the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia
- Sourabh Gupta is a Senior Asia-Pacific international relations policy specialist at the Institute for China-America Studies
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Over the next several days more than 2,200 members of the Communist Party of China, and its top leadership, will gather at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing for the 19th Party Congress.