Chinese President Xi Jinping has observed that it is time for China to take centre stage in the world and to make a greater contribution to humankind since it has entered a new era. The country's rapid progress under "socialism with Chinese characteristics" shows there is "a new choice for other countries".
He made the call in three hour address reading out his “work report” of the past five years read out at the inaugural of the 19th party congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on October 18. He unveiled his vision of China’s future of achieving “moderate” prosperity in the next four years, and emerging as an advanced socialist nation by 2050. The closed-door summit determines who rules China and the country's direction for the next term. More than 2,000 delegates attended the event.