China should be ready to face a period full of unprecedented risks and challenges, Li Keqiang, who’s set to be the next Premier of the country replacing incumbent Wen Jiabao, said at the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on Friday.
Li is currently the Vice-Premier and will likely take up his new role during the ongoing leadership change.
Li noted that China remains in an important period of strategic opportunities for its development, the period that is full of "unprecedented risks and challenges."
Under such circumstances, he said, China should accelerate improvement of the socialist market economy and facilitate the change of growth model to complete the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects as well as deepen reform and opening up in an all-round way, official media here reported.
For the past decade, he said, China has made marvellous historic achievements in reform and opening up and modernised the country with theoretical and practical innovations, which have laid a solid foundation for completing the building of a moderately prosperous society.
He stressed the CPC members should implement the Scientific Outlook on Development more actively and forcefully throughout the entire process of China's modernisation and the Party building.
Meanwhile, senior generals of the world’s largest army, People’s Liberation Army (PLA), on Friday welcomed and vowed to support the report presented on Thursday at the Congress by outgoing President Hu Jintao.
General Guo Boxiong said the principle of the Party's absolute leadership over the armed forces must be unwaveringly adhered to.
Hu's report was a great achievement of the Party's theoretical innovations and serves as a guide to action for completing the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects, said Boxiong said at a panel discussion with other PLA delegates to the 18th CPC National Congress on Thursday.
The military should intensively study and apply Hu's thinking on the development of national defense and the armed forces under new conditions, adhere to the principle of Party's absolute leadership over the armed forces more voluntarily and push forward military preparedness more effectively, Guo said.
The army’s support of the report is good news for Hu who’s likely to continue as the chairperson of the powerful Central Military Commission even though he will relinquish his other official posts.