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China's top legislature concludes annual session

Updated: 2013-03-17 16:50
By chinadaily.com.cn

The National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, concluded its annual session Sunday morning, completing the transition of State leadership.

Xi Jinping, newly-elected Chinese president, called for confidence in the socialism with Chinese characteristics and persistent efforts to realize the "Chinese dream" in his keynote speech at the closing meeting.

To realize the "Chinese dream", China must take "the Chinese way", which is through socialism with Chinese characteristics, Xi said.

Xi, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the CPC Central Military Commission, was elected president of the People's Republic of China (PRC) and chairman of the PRC Central Military Commission at the NPC session on Thursday.

In his speech, Xi expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the NPC deputies and people of all ethnic groups for the trust they have placed on him in his election as the State president, saying his election means "glorious mission" and "profound responsibilities."

The closing meeting, held at the Great Hall of the People in downtown Beijing, was presided over by Zhang Dejiang, newly-elected chairman of the NPC Standing Committee.

In his speech to the meeting, Zhang pledged to push forward the rule of law and improve supervision on the administrative and judicial powers.

At Sunday's meeting, the NPC adopted a number of important documents, including the government work report, the central and local budgets and the national economic and social development plan for 2013.

It also adopted the work reports of the 11th NPC Standing Committee, the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate.

Videographer: Zhang Xiao

Editor: Huang Lan

Voiceover: Xing Xudong

Producer: Flora Yue

China's top legislature concludes annual session