Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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This is the kind of coverage leaders get when the government owns and runs the news media. [Xinhua, the source of this report, is the government-run news agency in China.]

Xi's election as president fills country with confidence, hope
As a leader who has led China to historic achievements during the past five years, Xi Jinping was elected president again on Saturday amid high expectations.

Both by a unanimous vote, Xi was elected Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) of the People's Republic of China at the ongoing first session of the 13th National People's Congress, the national legislature.

"The result is in line with the will of the people," said Liu Jiaqi, a farmer from the southwestern Chongqing Municipality, and one of the 2,970 national lawmakers who cast their votes at the Great Hall of the People…

During the past five years, Xi has once and again called on the Communist Party of China (CPC) to strive for a "better life" for the people.

Over that period, China has seen its economy expand to more than 82 trillion yuan (13 trillion U.S. dollars) from 54 trillion yuan, with the per capita disposable income growing by 7.3 percent year-on-year in real terms.

More than 68.5 million people had been lifted out of poverty in five years, and the middle-income population has reached 400 million and is still growing…

The Central Leading Group for Deepening Overall Reform, headed by Xi, introduced more than 1,500 measures, including supply-side structural reform, and cutting government red tape and bureaucracy to encourage middle and small-sized businesses.

"It has been a golden time for businessmen, and I'am glad to see that it continues to be so," said Li Xiang, general manager of Huaxing North Automotive Trading Company located in Tianjin Municipality…

Over the past five years, Xi's drastic anti-corruption drive has transformed public life. Every corner of the system was examined, leading to the punishment of more than 1.5 million officials in five years…

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