Thursday, 8 November 2012

China heir apparent Xi Jinping raised by elite,steeled by turmoil

Kenya`s Prime Minister Raila Odinga (R) and Xi Jinping in Beijing, China in July, 2012
BEIJING: Xi Jinping has been appointed Communist Party of China (CPC) Secreatary General at18th CPC National Congress Great Hall of the People at the opening of a key congress where he is expected to assume the mantle of party boss from President Hu Jintao.

Xi Jinping,a native of Fuping, Shaanxi Province was born in June 1953. He joined the Communist Party of China (CPC) in January 1974. He graduated from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences of Tsinghua University, majoring in Marxist theory and ideological education with an on-the-job postgraduate education and Doctor of Laws (LLD).

Xi is a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee, vice president of PRC and president of the Party School of the CPC Central Committee.

Being the son of a reformist former vice premier and parliament vice-chairman Xi Zhongxun, Xi, 59 is a "princeling", one of the privileged sons and daughters of China's incumbent, retired or late leaders.Xi grew up among the party elite and spent his childhood years in the poverty-stricken countryside before getting to university.Seen as a reformer in top positions in Fujian and Zhejiang provinces, both at the forefront of China's economic reforms, Xi was marked out as the likely successor to Hu. Hu Jintao said here Thursday that China will continue to carry out reform of the political structure, but the country will never copy a Western political system.  "We must continue to make both active and prudent efforts to carry out the reform of the political structure, and make people's democracy more extensive, fuller in scope and sounder in practice," Hu said in a keynote address at the opening of the CPC's 18th National Congress.

Hu said the CPC should place high importance on systemic building, give full play to the strength of the socialist political system and draw on the political achievements of other societies."However, we will never copy a Western political system," he said.Stressing the unity of the leadership of the Party, the position of the people as masters of the country and law-based governance, Hu said the CPC should place greater emphasis on improving the way the Party exercises leadership and governance to ensure that it leads the people in effectively governing the country."We should attach greater importance to improving the system of democracy and diversifying the forms of democracy to ensure that the people conduct democratic elections, decision-making, administration and oversight in accordance with the law," he said.The CPC should give greater scope to the important role the rule of law plays in the country's governance and in social management, uphold the unity, sanctity and authority of the country's legal system and ensure that the people enjoy extensive rights and freedoms as prescribed by law.
Meanwhile Up to 17,000 people have been affected by floods after torrential rains hit Orientale province in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), according to a statement from the UN humanitarian agency OCHA.
"Although there is no precise estimate at the moment, we believe that 20 percent of the 85,000 people who live in the concerned region will be affected, that is about 17,000 people spread in 3,400 households," OCHA said in a statement obtained here on Thursday.
The floods have already caused the displacement of local people, house and plantation damage, water pollution and health risks like cholera and malaria.
Humanitarian workers in Dungu in the province have developed an assistance plan for urgent needs of the victims. (Xinhua)

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