Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at the closing meeting of the first session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 17, 2013. (Xinhua/Li Tao)
Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged on Sunday to make arduous efforts to achieve the "Chinese dream."
"In face of the mighty trend of the times and earnest expectations of the people for a better life, we cannot have the slightest complacency, or get the slightest slack at work," Xi said at the closing meeting of the National People's Congress, China's legislature.
"We must make persistent efforts, press ahead with indomitable will, continue to push forward the great cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics, and strive to achieve the Chinese dream of great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation," Xi said.
To realize the "Chinese dream," China must take the Chinese way, he said.
People of all nationalities must gain confidence in the theory, the road and the system of socialism with Chinese characteristics, and forge valiantly and unswervingly ahead along the right road, Xi said.
To realize the Chinese road, we must spread the Chinese spirit, which combines the spirit of the nation with patriotism as the core and the spirit of the time with reform and innovation as the core, Xi said.
The Chinese people of all ethnic groups must spread the great spirit of the nation and the great spirit of the time, keep strengthening the spiritual bond of solidarity and the spiritual drive of constantly striving for improvement, and step toward the future, always full of vigor and vitality, Xi said.
President Xi pledges resolute fight against corruption
China's newly-elected president Xi Jinping pledged Sunday to resolutely fight against corruption and other misconduct in all manifestations and always preserve the political integrity of Communists.
"All members of the Communist Party of China (CPC), especially the leading cadres of the Party, must consolidate their ideal and conviction, always put the people above everything else, and exalt the Party's glorious tradition and fine conduct," Xi said at a closing meeting of the country's annual legislative session.
Xi, also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee and chairman of the CPC Central Military Commission, was elected president of the People's Republic of China (PRC) and chairman of the PRC Central Military Commission on Thursday.
"We must resolutely reject formalism, bureaucratism, hedonism and extravagance, and resolutely fight against corruption and other misconduct in all manifestations," Xi told almost 3,000 legislators.
"We must always preserve the political integrity of Communists and unswervingly strive for the cause of the Party and the people," he said.
Xi stressed that the CPC is the core force in the great cause of leading and uniting the people of all ethnic groups to build socialism with Chinese characteristics.
"We are shouldering the heavy task bestowed by the history and going through the test of the times. We must uphold the principle that the Party was founded for the public good and that it exercises state power for the people, supervise our own conduct and run the Party with strict discipline, enhance the Party's art of leadership and governance, and strengthen the ability to resist corruption, prevent degeneration and ward off risks," he said.
While noting that achieving the grand goal requires unremitting efforts, Xi called on all political parties, social groups, ethnic groups, social strata and circles in the nation to be more closely united around the CPC Central Committee to fully implement the spirit of the 18th CPC National Congress and follow the guidance of Deng Xiaoping Theory, the important thought of Three Represents and the Scientific Outlook on Development.
We must always be modest and prudent, defy difficulties and work hard, bury ourselves in work and forge ahead with determination so as to achieve new, greater victory in completing the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects and advancing the socialist modernization as well as make greater contribution to the humankind," he said.
Xi vows to fulfill duties as China's president
Newly-elected Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed on Sunday to honestly fulfill his duties given by the Constitution, saying his election means "glorious mission" and "profound responsibilities."
In his keynote speech at the closing meeting of the first session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC), Xi expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the NPC deputies and people of all ethnic groups for the trust they have placed on him in his election as the state president.
"I will be always loyal to our motherland, be loyal to the people and dedicate all my time and energy to my duties and responsibilities to serve the people," Xi said, adding he will work for the country with his utmost efforts and put himself under the supervision of the people.
"I will never let you down and will live up to the trust and expectations of people of all ethnics," Xi said.
Xi was elected Chinese president by nearly 3,000 NPC deputies on Thursday.