As China Wraps Transition, Xi Vows to Clean Up Govt.
Xi and Li strike populist tone, want to crack down on corruption
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 17, 2013 7:22 AM CDT
Former President Hu Jintao, President Xi Jinping, former Premier Wen Jiabao and Premier Li Keqiang stand up for the national anthem in Beijing, Sunday, March 17, 2013.   (Andy Wong)

(Newser) – China's new leaders struck a populist tone today as they got down to the painstaking work of governing, promising cleaner government, less red tape, and more fairness to a still small middle class. In appearances that mark the completion of a months-long, orchestrated leadership transition, President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang stressed the urgency of reining in runaway official corruption to restore the Communist Party's frayed public credibility. "If the people are to live a good life, their government must be put on a tight budget," Li said in his first news conference as premier.

Earlier, in addressing the nearly 3,000 legislative deputies in the Great Hall of the People, Xi promised to root out "corruption and other misconduct in all manifestations." He said people's own aspirations must be part of "the Chinese dream"—a signature phrase he has used to invoke national greatness. "Each of us must have broad space to diligently realize our own dreams," he said. Though Xi and Li were installed as Nos. 1 and 2 in the party leadership in November, today's closing of the legislature means their government is now fully in place.

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Mar 18, 2013 12:23 PM CDT
Yeah right and Obama is going to move to the center. Watch NHK news out of Japan on PBS in the morning China is close to another revolution similiar to what happened brought the Commies into power. The widening gap between rich and poor is looking more like a banana republic and in China there are hundred of millions of dirt poor they helped Mao overtrhow the monarchy. Cities choked with air pollution people are not confident in the currency so they are buying up property creating a bubble, USA companies moving production back to the US because of increasing labor cost and quality issues. These folks may fall before they rise to first place.
Mar 17, 2013 10:19 AM CDT
Xi isn't really in power, he's merely a figurehead. The Communist Parties power comes from many different members within, but mainly the Standing Committee of nine members - they could fire Xi, or anybody in China if they wanted too.
Mar 17, 2013 8:35 AM CDT
Clean up government ? What's that supposed to mean. More Communism or more Capitalism. What it for sure means is more pollution and more green house gas. So much for China showing the rest of the world the way. These people have a Tiger by the tail. The only thing they can do is speed up or maintain momentum. Buying up all the oil in the world is not a good sign of future events.