Beijing: China's new leader Xi Jinping on Thursday pledged to "carry out reform and opening up" of the economy.

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"We will rally and lead the whole party and the people of all ethnic groups in China in making continued efforts to free up our minds, carry out reform and opening up," Xi, who was on Thursday elected general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), told media persons in the Great Hall of the People.

He promised to "further release and develop the productive forces, work hard to resolve the difficulties the people face in both work and life, and unwaveringly pursue common prosperity"."We have taken on this important responsibility for the party. Our party is dedicated to serving the people. It has led the people in making world-renowned achievements, and we have every reason to take pride in these achievements," a news agency quoted Xi as saying.


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