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Xi calls for 'great renaissance'

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China's new President Xi Jinping, left, and newly installed Premier Li Kiqiang arrive to the closing session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing China, on Sunday.PHOTO:AP
China's new President Xi Jinping, left, and newly installed Premier Li Kiqiang arrive to the closing session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing China, on Sunday.PHOTO:AP

China's new President Xi Jinping said on Sunday he will fight for a "great renaissance of the Chinese nation", as the world's most populous country completed its once-in-a-decade power transition.

In his first speech as head of state, Xi called for "the continued realisation of the great renaissance of the Chinese nation and the Chinese dream", laying out a vision of a stronger military and ever-higher living standards.

The 25-minute speech closed a parliament meeting which named Xi as head of state and Li Keqiang as premier, four months after the pair took the top two posts in the ruling Communist Party - the real source of their power.

Both Xi and Li stuck to the party's long-held consensus on the need for economic reforms to ensure growth, while increasing military power and avoiding political change that could threaten its grip on power.

Analysts said Xi's concept of a "great renaissance" was a slogan designed to have broad appeal, without any firm commitments to specific reforms.

Xi has close ties to China's expanding military - which put its first aircraft carrier into service last year - and he called for the armed forces to strengthen their ability to "win battles".AFP


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