The Communist Party of China opened its 17th National Congress on Monday to name a new generation of leaders and to prepare a economic and social blueprint for the next five years of the nation.
Speaking on the occasion, Chinese President and CPC General Secretary Hu Jintao said the Congress was of vital importance being held at a crucial stage of China's reform and development. He was delivering a report on behalf of the 16th CPC central committee.
'The theme of the Congress is to hold high the great banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics, follow the guidance of Deng Xiaoping theory and the important thought of Three Represents and thoroughly apply the scientific outlook on development,' Hu said in a nationally-televised address from the ornate Great Hall of the People.
'The Congress also aimed to continue to emancipate the mind, persist in reform and opening up, pursue development in a scientific way, promote social harmony and strive for new victories in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects,' he said.
High on agenda of Congress, held once in five years, is a draft amendment to the party constitution to reflect the scientific outlook on development and new achievements in the party's theoretical innovation and progress in practice.
This would elevate the status of Hu to that of his predecessors, Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping and Jiang Zemin.
Image: People watch the televised address of Chinese President Hu Jintao in Chongqing Municipality, China.
Reportage: Agencies | Photographs: Feng Li & Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images
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