Ruling CPC chief Xi vows to pursue China's dream of becoming major global power

Xi Jinping

Evoking late strongman Mao Zedong's long forgotten thoughts, China's ruling CPC chief Xi Jinping has promised "great renewal" of the nation to pursue the dream of becoming a major global power.

In a carefully crafted event, 59-year-old Xi along with six newly-elected members of the Standing Committee, China's highest political body which rules the country, last night visited the "Road toward Renewal" exhibition featuring Chinese history since First Opium War (1840-1842), his first outing after he took over as the CPC chief earlier this month.

The Opium War saw the revolt against the British rulers from India over opium trade, signifying the first resistance by the Chinese rulers against the British imperial power.

Speaking extempore, unlike the past Chinese practice of reading from prepared speeches, Xi focused much of his talk on partymen, whom he had cautioned in his previous addresses, by saying that the CPC faced the prospects of losing over six decades of power due to mounting corruption and falling ethical and moral standards.

"All comrades have to keep in mind that the path decides the destiny, which indicates how difficult it is for us to choose a right road, and that we have to continue taking this road, unswervingly," he said, emphasising that the party would stick to the reform path of socialism with Chinese characteristics, pursued by his predecessor Hu Jintao.

"Nowadays, everyone is talking about the 'China Dream,'" he said, which sounded much like US President Barrack Obama's poll campaign speeches of realising the 'American Dream'.

"In my view, to realise the great renewal of the Chinese nation is the greatest dream for the Chinese nation in modern history," Xi said.

The China Dream has conglomerated the long-cherished aspirations of the Chinese people, he said.

China has emerged as the second largest economy next only to the US and many Chinese believe the country is on course to become a world power.

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