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"The People Are Our Strength"

- Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee

Realizing the Chinese dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation is not just about making our country prosperous, but also about revitalizing the nation and making the people happy. -Xi Jinping

At the Fourth Plenary Session of the First Meeting of the Twelfth National People's Congress held on March 14, 2013, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Xi Jinping was elected president of the People's Republic of China and chairman of the Central Military Commission of the People's Republic of China. On March 17, Xi gave a keynote speech at the closing ceremony of the First Meeting of the Twelfth National People's Congress. by Lan Hongguang/Xinhua

On December 7, 2012, the 23rd day after his election as the General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, Xi Jinping paid his first visit to Shenzhen in Guangdong Province, the forefront of China's economic reform and opening-up. Throughout his journey, Xi traveled humbly and made direct contacts with the masses, talking with them cordially.

On December 8, General Secretary Xi laid a wreath at a statue of the late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping at the foot of Lianhua Hill. He then strolled amongst the surrounding crowd, shaking hands and waving to convey his greetings.

During his visit to Guangdong, Xi called on the entire Party and people from all ethnic groups to hold firm to the path of reform and opening-up and place greater focus on the pursuit of reform in a more systematic, integrated and coordinated way. Xi vowed no end to reform, and no end to opening-up.

During his Guangdong visit, Xi retraced the route Deng Xiaoping toured 20 years ago to inspect the country at a crossroad. Media reports noted that Xi is a leader who brings a fresh perspective to the country's political realm, firmly drives reform and opening-up – leading the Chinese nation on a path to the "Chinese dream."

On November 15, 2012, Xi, at the age of 59, was elected general secretary of the CPC Central Committee at the First Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee, to become the first Chinese head of the Party born after 1949, the year the People's Republic of China was founded. He is now at the helm of the 91-year-old CPC, after three generations of the central leadership with Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, and Jiang Zemin at the core, and the fourth, most recent leadership with Hu Jintao as the general secretary.

As China enters the decisive stage of completing the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects, Xi Jinping is positioned at the center of the country's political arena, grabbing the relay baton of history. Meanwhile, as the leader of the world's second largest economy, he stands at the forefront of the world stage.

The whole country and world have fixed their eyes on Xi Jinping, wondering:

- What will he do to lead a party of 82 million members, the largest of its kind in the world, to better serve the people?

- What will he do to lead China's 1.3 billion people to complete the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects by the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CPC in 2021? How will he lead the people to achieve the goal of building an affluent, strong, democratic, civilized and harmonious modern socialist China by the time the country celebrates its centennial in 2049?

- What will he do to lead China towards its duty to contribute to world peace and development?

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At a press conference attended by more than 500 Chinese and foreign journalists after the conclusion of the First Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee, Xi Jinping frankly admitted the heavy burden on his shoulders and summed up the mission of the new central collective leadership across three responsibilities: to the nation, to the people, and to the Party.

Xi's solemn commitment foreshadows his historical responsibility to the Chinese nation and his faith in the continued improvement of Chinese governance.