A new generation of leaders unveiled

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A new generation of leaders unveiled

Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping wave to delegates to the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China on Thursday. HUA YOU / FOR CHINA DAILY

The Party has led the people in achieving great things, he said. "But we are not complacent, and we will never rest on our laurels.

"Our people have an ardent love for life. They wish to have better education, more stable jobs, more income, greater social security, better medical and health care, improved housing conditions, and a better environment," Xi said.

"They want their children to be healthy, have good jobs and lead more enjoyable lives. Our mission is to meet their wishes.''

Xi also said the Party faces severe challenges, and there are many pressing problems within the Party that need to be resolved.

These include, he said, corruption, losing touch with the people's concerns, being sticklers for formalities, and a bureaucratic approach adopted by some Party officials.

"We must make every effort to solve these problems. The whole Party must be fully alert," Xi said, adding that the Party should supervise its conduct and operate under strict discipline.

Analysts spoke highly of Xi's speech and his confident, natural delivery.

"It is rare for a new Party chief to directly address the issue of corruption at the first meeting with the press, and it showed unusual determination," said Lin Zhe, a law professor with the Party School of the CPC Central Committee.

She said Xi had particularly mentioned the challenges of formalities and bureaucracy that confront the Party, and this underlined the importance he attaches to reaching out to the people and working for their benefit.

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