Beijing, October 25 (caixinglobal.com:) The Central Committee of the Communist Party which has selected a new leadership, headed by party General Secretary Xi Jinping, has promised not to fail or betray the people’s trust.
The seven-member Politburo Standing Committee — comprising Xi, Li Keqiang, Li Zhanshu, Wang Yang, Wang Huning, Zhao Leji and Han Zheng — was introduced on October 25 at the first plenary session of the party’s Central Committee in Beijing.
“We’ll do whatever it takes to fulfill our duties and work diligently in order not to fail our mission and not betray the people’s trust,” Xi told a group of reporters inside the Great Hall of the People in central Beijing.
The plenum came one day after the conclusion of the weeklong 19th National Congress of the Communist Party. The congress passed a resolution to establish “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” as an addition to the party constitution.
The National Party Congress also elected the members of the party’s Central Committee, which now has 204 members and 172 alternates.
Delegates to the twice-a-decade congress also cast their votes for members of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the party’s top anti-corruption agency.
The party’s Central Committee gathered for the first plenum to elect a 25-member Politburo and its seven-member Standing Committee.
Xi and Li, China’s premier, are the only returning members of the Standing Committee of the Politburo. The Politburo is the ruling party’s top decision-making body.
Li Zhanshu, 67, is behind Xi and Li in the Standing Committee’s hierarchy. He is currently a member of the Politburo and a member of the Secretariat of the Central Committee.
Wang Yang, 62, serves as a vice premier of the State Council, China’s cabinet. Wang Huning, 62, is a Politburo member and director of the Policy Research Office of the party’s Central Committee.
Zhao Leji oversees personnel assignments as head of the Organization Department of the party’s Central Committee.
Han Zheng, 63, is the party secretary of the municipal party committee in the provincial-level municipality of Shanghai.
Zhao, 60, is also to succeed Wang Qishan to lead the newly elected Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, a central party organ of 133 members overseeing intra-party campaign against corruption.
Xi will continue to lead the Central Military Commission of the party unveiled at the plenum, with Xu Qiliang and Zhang Youxia as his deputies.
A new Politburo of 25 members, including all seven Standing Committee members as well as a number of several key regions’ respective party chiefs, also was made public on Oct. 25. Among the new Politburo members is Cai Qi, party secretary of Beijing.
(The picture at the top shows China’s President and General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party Xi Jinping taking the stage with the seven members of the Standing Committee of the CCP)