Chinese prez Xi Jinping promises to 'serve the people'

Sydney, Mar. 17 (ANI): Chinese President Xi Jinping has promised to 'serve the people' and pursue the ruling Communist Party's 'dream' of strength and prosperity.

Xi, who also leads the Communist Party, said that the country must make persistent efforts, press ahead with indomitable will, continue to push forward the great cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics, and strive to achieve the Chinese dream of great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

According to the Age, in his first public speech since he was appointed president on Thursday, he said that his government would work to meet people's aspirations, fight corruption and 'serve the people'.

He said that the country must resolutely reject formalism, bureaucratism, hedonism and extravagance, and resolutely fight against corruption and other misconduct in all manifestations.

Xi paid tribute to his predecessor, Hu Jintao, who stepped down as party leader in November and state president on Thursday after 10 years in power.

Xi also praised the party's previous leaders since Mao Zedong founded the People's Republic of China in 1949.

The slogan 'serve the people' was used in a speech by Mao in 1944 and can still be seen in Mao's handwriting on buildings across China.

The country's ceremonial legislature wrapped up a pivotal session on Sunday that installed the latest generation of communist leaders in a once-a-decade transfer of power, the report added. (ANI)