After Beijing pulled off a diplomatic coup by hosting talks that resulted in an agreement by Saudi Arabia and Iran to reopen diplomatic ties, President Xi Jinping called for China to take a larger role in managing world affairs on Monday.
In a speech to ceremonial legislature China, Xi Jinping withheld any information about the intentions of the Communist Party. But since he came to power in 2012, Beijing has become more assertive. And has asked for changes to the International Monetary Fund and other organizations. It claims do not adequately represent the needs of developing nations.
China should “actively participate in the reform and construction of the global governance system” and promote “global security initiatives,” said Xi. That will add “positive energy to world peace and development,” Xi said.
On Friday, Xi was named to another term in the ceremonial presidency after breaking with tradition. In October awarding himself a third-five year term as general secretary of the ruling party. Putting himself on track to become leader for life.
The National People’s Congress supported the appointment of Xi’s supporters as premier and other government officials on Sunday. Solidifying his position as the country’s most powerful person. Xi has sidelined potential rivals and loaded the top ranks of the ruling party with his supporters.
Xi called Monday for faster technology development and more self-reliance in a speech loaded with nationalistic terms.
He also called for the country to “unswervingly achieve” the goal of “national reunification.
The new premier, Li Qiang, tried Monday to reassure entrepreneurs but gave no details of possible plans to improve economy. Xi’s government spent the past decade building up state companies that control banking, energy, steel, telecoms and other industries.
Li’s comments echoed promises by other Chinese leaders over the past six months to support entrepreneurs.