China's Communist Party Congress Begins in Beijing
Albanian Daily News
Published October 18, 2017
China's biggest political event, the Communist Party congress, has begun in Beijing under tight security.
Chinese President Xi Jinping addressed more than 2,000 delegates in the capital for more than three hours.
The closed-door summit, which takes place once every five years, determines who rules China and the country's direction for the next term.
Mr Xi, who became the leader in 2012, has been consolidating power and is expected to remain as party chief.
The congress, which also decides on a roadmap for China for the next five years, is expected to finish next week.
Shortly after the congress ends, the party is expected to unveil the new members of China's top decision-making body, the Politburo Standing Committee, who will steer the country.
Mr Xi addressed the delegates at the start of the week-long meeting.
In his speech, Mr Xi listed China's recent achievements, saying that "socialism with Chinese characteristics in this new era" meant China had "become a great power in the world", and added that the country should not copy foreign political systems.
Briefly described a two-stage plan for China's "socialist modernisation", to be achieved by 2050
Warned against separatism - in an apparent reference to movements in Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong - and reiterated the government's principle that Taiwan is part of China
Said China "would not close its doors to the world" and promised further economic reform, including lowering barriers for foreign investors.