the evening of Dec. 31, 1999 to
the morning of Jan. 1,2000, people from
all walks life in Beijing gathered at the
Chinese Atlar of Centenary to welcome
the coming of the new century.
President Jiang Zemin presented
at the ceremony.
of the People's Republic of China
In combination with the NPC Standing
Committee, the president of the PRC exercises his or her functions
and powers as the head of state. The president, in pursuance of
decisions of the NPC or its Standing Committee, promulgates laws,
appoints and removes members of the State Council, issues orders,
receives foreign diplomatic representatives on behalf of the PRC,
dispatches and recalls plenipotentiary representatives abroad, and
ratifies and abrogates treaties and important agreements reached
with foreign states. The current president is Jiang Zemin, and the
vice-president is Hu Jintao.