Hu Jintao, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), led the newly elected members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee to meet the press Monday morning.
Hu said the 17th CPC National Congress, which closed Sunday, was "a resounding success."
"During the congress," he said, "we held high our banner and carried forward our cause in a truth-seeking and pragmatic manner. "
"As a congress of unity, victory and progress, it is of vital importance to the whole Party and the people of all ethnic groups in the country in achieving unity in thinking, determining the direction, and boosting their morale to work together for new victories in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and opening up new prospects for the cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics," Hu said.
Hu said the CPC Central Committee just held its first plenary session and elected the new central leading organs. The Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee comprises nine members.
"The plenary session elected me as general secretary of the CPC Central Committee," Hu said, introducing his eight colleagues to the press.
Hu particularly briefed on the four newcomers to the Standing Committee. "Xi Jinping, 54, and Li Keqiang, 52, are two comrades who are relatively younger," Hu said, adding the press has been acquainted with He Guoqiang and Zhou Yongkang, who were members of the 16th CPC Central Committee Political Bureau.
"On behalf of the members of the newly elected central leading organs," Hu said, "I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all other Party members for their trust in us. We are keenly aware of our difficult tasks and grave responsibilities."
"We will rely firmly on all other Party members and the people of all ethnic groups, and earnestly accomplish the tasks set at the 17th Congress, and we will do our best to be worthy of the great trust the entire membership have placed in us and to live up to the expectations of the people of all ethnic groups," Hu said.
"We will always hold high the great banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics, follow the guidance of Deng Xiaoping Theory and the important thought of Three Represents, thoroughly apply the Scientific Outlook on Development, and strive to open up a broader vista for developing socialism with Chinese characteristics," Hu said.
"We will be firmly committed to development, which is the Party 's top priority in governing and rejuvenating the country, concentrate on construction and development, make all-round progress in developing the socialist market economy, socialist democracy, an advanced socialist culture and a harmonious socialist society, and strive for scientific development by putting people first and making it comprehensive, balanced and sustainable," he said.