Xi Jinping completes 100 days in power, emerges as powerful leader
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One hundred days after the election of the new leaders of the Party, "changes have been seen, though there are still tests and expectations ahead", state-run Xinhua news agency said in a lengthy commentary eulogising the new leadership initiatives to bring about austerity and campaign against corruption.
"Despite a widely acknowledged good start, there are challenges and expectations ahead", it said. China's growth rate fell to 13-year low of 7.8 per cent last year from 9.3 percent in 2011. Besides falling profits of Chinese firms, China's dependence on imported petroleum broke records, it said, adding that "an unreasonable economic structure is emerging as a prominent problem which hinders China's future development".
"With cities around the country choking in air pollution, China is also encountering increasing ecological and environmental problems", the commentary said. "Widening income disparities, corruption, abuses of power, food safety scandals keep triggering public outcries", were other challenges for the new leadership, it said.
Issues concerning the disputes with Japan, nuclear tests by North Korea and tensions in Sino-US ties also test the new leaders' wisdom in diplomacy, the commentary said.Xin Ming, a professor at the Party School of the Communist Party Central Committee, said he hopes the new leadership can make all their decisions based on such basic conditions and the country's real situation in the future.
Huang Weiting, a research fellow with "Seeking Truth," the official magazine of the Party Central Committee, said the public now have very high expectations of their prospects.
"For some obstinate problems, the new leaders should be prepared for a prolonged battle to tackle them step by step," he warned.