China has entered a 'new era' according to Chinese president Xi Jinping
Chinese President Xi Jinping
As the Chinese congress is determining who will take control of Chinese political offices, Xi Jinping, president of China, says that "China should take centre stage in the world." The congress takes place every five years to determine who will lead the country. More than 2,000 members of the congress are attending the event which is under a tight security force. After the congress ends, the new members of China's top decision-making body, the Politburo Standing Committee, will be announced.
In a three-hour speech, President Xi said China's form of government, which he described as "socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era," has led to China "becom[ing] a great power in the world." He added that China is "flourishing" under Communist rule, according to the BBC.
President Xi took power in 2012, and since then, China's economy has experienced rapid growth; however, since he has taken power, the country has become more authoritarian with increased censorship, including arrests of lawyers and activists, according to the BBC.
In a long speech, Xi said that the party has achieved great things in the five years that he has been in office. Xi said that he would not copy foreign political systems. He also explained that there was a two-step plan for China's "socialist modernization" that he hopes to accomplish by 2050. Through environmental and economic reforms, China will become more "prosperous and beautiful." He also warned about separatist movements in parts of the country. It was also said that China "would not close its doors to the world."