Xi Calls for ‘Unswervingly’ Pushing Forward Reform

(Xinhua News Agency, Nov. 20, 2017. Complete text:) Beijing - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday [Nov. 20] called for fully implementing the spirit of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and pressing ahead with reform.

Xi, also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks at the first meeting of the Leading Group for Deepening Overall Reform of the 19th CPC Central Committee, which he heads.

"In studying and implementing the spirit of the Party congress, we should focus on its essence, arrangements and requirements on reform," said Xi.

Senior officials Li Keqiang, Zhang Gaoli, Wang Yang and Wang Huning attended the meeting.

Methodology of reform.

Reform since the 18th CPC National Congress has made a series of theoretical, institutional and practical achievements, and established a framework for reform in major fields, said a statement issued after the meeting.

They are a solid foundation for future reform in deeper layers, which must rely on the thorough study and implementation of the spirit of the 19th Party congress and Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era.

It also outlined three key points that should not be altered: CPC centralized, unified leadership of reform; the general goal of

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"improving and developing the system of socialism with Chinese characteristics and modernizing China’s system and capacity for governance"; and the people-centered reform philosophy.

The leading group called for systematic, unified and coordinated action in pushing forward the tasks set at the 19th CPC National Congress, as well as continued efforts in ongoing projects.

In addition, it ordered early planning of reform for 2018 - the 40th anniversary of the beginning of reform and opening up.

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