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Xi Jinping: The Party Faces Severe Challenges

In Beijing, on November 15, 2012, as the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party concluded, Xi Jinping, the new head of the Chinese Communist Party and China’s military gave a speech to those present. In his speech he stated, “We are a political Party that serves the people wholeheartedly. … Our Party faces many severe challenges and there are also many pressing problems within the Party that need to be resolved, particularly problems such as corruption and bribe taking by some Party members and cadres, being out of touch with the people, and placing undue emphasis on formality and bureaucratic red tape. We must make a strenuous effort to resolve them. The whole Party must stay on full alert.”

Source: People’s Daily reprinted by the Chinese Communist Party website, November 15, 2012