Chinese President Xi Jinping calls for renaissance

Monday, 18 March 2013 - 8:29



The new Chinese President, Xi Jinping, has said he will fight for "the great renaissance of the Chinese nation," in his first speech as head of state.


Closing the annual National People's Congress, he urged delegates to reject extravagance and fight corruption.


At a news conference later, new Premier Li Keqiang said sustainable economic growth would remain the top priority.


The comments come as the Communist government completed a once-in-a-decade leadership transition.