New Central Committee elected as CPC National Congress concludes

19th CPC National Congress

Chinese President Xi Jinping, front row center, stands with his cadres during the Communist song at the closing ceremony for the 19th Party Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Over the past week, Chinese officials discussed their goals for the next five years; from the economy to the environment, and from developing a world-class military to eradicating poverty. They’ve also elected new leaders. CGTN’s Zou Yun reports.

A final approval to a new CPC Central Committee and a new Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.

Delegates to the congress also passed resolutions on the report of the 18th CPC Central Committee, the work report of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and an amendment to the CPC Constitution.

“The agenda of the 19th CPC National Congress is completed today,” General Secretary Xi Jinping declared. “The report of the 18th Central Committee, approved by the Congress, established the goal of deciding to build a moderately prosperous society in an all-round way and open a new journey of building a modern socialist country.”

Delivering a report at last week’s opening session, General Secretary Xi outlined a two-step approach to build China into a great modern socialist country, after the completion of building a moderately prosperous society by 2020.

He also said that China is at a critical moment in history, as socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era.

“This is our strategic vision for developing socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era,” Xi said.

“Finish building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, proceed to achieving modernization, and then move on to turn China into a great modern socialist country in every dimension.”

This congress reflects greater openness, transparency, and China’s increasing confidence.

Many delegations to the Congress held open discussions, giving domestic and foreign media a chance to hear about the reforms of the past five years and the future implementations based on Xi Jinping’s report.

According to Party Secretary and Minister of Environmental Protection Li Ganjie, “Emissions from fossil fuel vehicles and power plants have been effectively reduced.”

“Meanwhile, we are carrying out environmental prevention programs in rural areas, we have finished this work in over 100-thousand villages, and nearly 200-million rural citizens are benefiting from this. Major ecological protection and restoration work is also progressing well”.

Moreover, for the first time in history, a delegate corridor allowed delegates from various industries and sectors to take questions from the media before entering the official venue. This has improved interaction between delegates and media and helped to diversify coverage of the event.

The members of the Standing Committee of the new CPC Central Committee’s Political Bureau are expected to meet Chinese and foreign journalists on Wednesday morning.