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China President Calls For 'Great Renaissance'
China's new president Xi Jinping has said he will fight for a "great renaissance of the Chinese nation" in his first speech as head of state of the world's most populous country.
Mr Xi called for "arduous efforts for the continued realisation of the great renaissance of the Chinese nation and the Chinese dream" in a speech to delegates at the National People's Congress (NPC) parliament meeting in Beijing.
Calls for such a revival in the world's second-largest economy have been a motif of Mr Xi's speeches since he took the top post in China's ruling communist party in November, but he has not given a detailed account of the phrase's meaning.
He called for the armed forces to strengthen their ability to "win battles and ... firmly protect national sovereignty and security".
The speech also touched on corruption, which he has called a threat to the Communist Party's grip on power, and Mr Xi urged delegates to "oppose hedonism, and flamboyant lifestyles, and firmly fight against negative and corrupt phenomena".
Mr Xi stressed continuity with previous Chinese leaders, thanking outgoing president Hu Jintao and celebrating the past achievements of the ruling party.
The speech formally brought the almost two-week long NPC meeting to a close, and was followed by China's new premier, Li Keqiang, stepping into spotlight for a rare news conference.
Mr Li, who has taken over day-to-day running of the government and is number two in the ruling party, pledged to strengthen economic reforms.
"What the market can do, we should release more to the market, what society can do well, we should give to society. The government should be in charge of and manage well the issues that it ought to govern."
But he did not give any specific examples of planned changes.
Mr Li went on to say "practising frugality in government affairs" across the country would help "win" the trust of the people.
Public discontent over China's unequal wealth distribution is commonly directed towards officials, who are often viewed as being corrupt, and is a key concern for authorities anxious to avoid social unrest among China's 1.35 billion people.