Chinese President Xi Jinping touts successes of socialism at Communist Party Congress

Chinese President Xi Jinping touts successes of socialism at Communist Party Congress

China's President and the party's General Secretary Xi Jinping will report the party's achievements before two-thousand-287 delegates at the 19th National Congress in Beijing.

Nearly 2,338 delegates from around the country are taking part in the week-long, mostly closed-door event that will culminate in a likely overhaul of the party's top ruling body.

But Xi's comments Wednesday in a keynote speech meant to highlight the party's confidence and long-range vision are an unusual acknowledgement of challenging times ahead.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has told a key Communist Party congress that the nation's prospects are bright but the challenges are severe.

Considered China's most powerful leader since Deng Xiaoping or even Mao Zedong, Xi could use the congress to lay the foundation to stay atop the 89-million-strong party even longer than the normal 10 years, according to analysts.

"We are greatly pleased over this", the party central committee said in the message carried by the official KCNA news agency, adding that it "sincerely wished" the China congress "satisfactory success".

Xi is expected to get a second five-year term as party leader at the gathering.

Xi has sought to cast himself as a champion of globalisation as the United States retreats behind President Donald Trump's "America First" policy. During the opening remarks this morning, Xi emphasized that this congress will focus on making a "Xiaokang" society - where all citizens can enjoy comfortable and affluent lives - and strive to achieve "socialism with Chinese characteristics".

The conclave, which ends next Tuesday, will select new top party members, including in the Politburo Standing Committee, China's all-powerful ruling body.

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