Xi Jinping Spoke for Over 3 Hours. Here's What He Said

China's leader wraps up 1st term, lays out goals for future
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2017 6:14 PM CDT
Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech during the opening session of China's 19th Party Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017.   (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

(Newser) – Xi Jinping marked the end of his first five-year term as China's leader by giving a speech that seemed nearly as long, the New York Times reports. In a nearly 3.5-hour speech to open the Communist Party Congress, Xi spoke of his accomplishments and goals, addressing the economy, foreign policy, homeland security, the futures of Taiwan and Hong Kong, and more. In terms of China's economy, Xi laid out a general plan of supporting innovation, cracking down on monopolies, goosing consumer spending, stepping up banking regulations, and boosting state-owned businesses. Here's everything else you need to know about Xi's "marathon" speech:

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