Xi delivers report to 19th CPC National Congress, stresses socialism with Chinese characteristics in new era

Xi Jinping, on behalf of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), is delivering a work report to the 19th CPC National Congress, which opened on Wednesday morning at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

In his report titled "Secure a decisive victory in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and strive for the great success of socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era," Xi has highlighted the Party's achievements in the past five years and visions for the future.

Socialism with Chinese characteristics in "new era"

Noting decades of hard work made over the past years, Xi said socialism with Chinese characteristics has crossed the threshold into a new era. 

“This is a new historic juncture in China’s development,” he said.

The principal contradiction facing Chinese society has also evolved in the new era. 

"What we now face is the contradiction between unbalanced and inadequate development and the people's ever-growing needs for a better life," he said.

Achievements over the past five years

The country's GDP has risen from 54 trillion yuan to 80 trillion yuan (12.1 trillion US dollars) over the past five years, Xi said, adding that over 60 million people were lifted out of poverty during the same period.

"In the past five years, we have implemented the five-sphere integrated plan and the four-pronged comprehensive strategy," he noted, adding that "on all fronts, new advances have been made for the cause of the Party and the country."

The opening session began with the national anthem and the observation of a minute's silence in remembrance of late Party leaders and martyrs. 

More than 2,000 delegates are attending the high-profile event.

The CPC National Congress will lay out a blueprint for the future of the Party and the country over the coming five years.