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Xi Jinping: 'Our party faces many severe challenges'

During his announcement as the new chief of the Chinese Communist Party Xi Jinping said:

"Our responsibility is to rally and lead the whole party and the Chinese people of all ethnic groups in continuing to liberate our way of thinking, carry on reform and opening, further unleash and develop the productive forces.

"Work hard to resolve the difficulties the people face in both work and life, and steadfastly take the road of prosperity for all."

People watch a screen showing newly-elected General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China Xi Jinping Credit: Reuters

"In the new environment, our party faces many severe challenges and there are many pressing problems within the party that need to be resolved, especially some party members and cadres being corrupt, taking bribes, being out of touch with the people, undue emphasis on formalities, and bureaucratism.

"These must be addressed with great efforts. The whole party must be vigilant against them."


The rest of China's new leadership team

As well as Vice President Xi Jinping taking over from outgoing President Hu Jintao as party chief, Xi was named head of the party's Central Military Commission, according to state news agency Xinhua.

The other new members of the Politburo Standing Committee include premier-in-waiting Li Keqiang and financial guru Wang Qishan, who will be in charge of fighting corruption.

The number of members has been reduced to seven from nine, as expected, to try and ease consensus-building as they tackle everything from growing social unrest to uncertainty in the domestic and global economy.

China's new leadership Credit: Reuters

North Korean-trained economist Zhang Dejiang is expected to head the largely rubber-stamp parliament, while Shanghai party boss Yu Zhengsheng is likely to head parliament's advisory body, according to the order in which their names were announced.

Tianjin party chief Zhang Gaoli and Liu Yunshan, a conservative who has kept domestic media on a tight leash, make up the rest of the group.


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