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ADDRESS DELIVERED AT THE CLOSING SESSION OF THE TWENTIETH NATIONAL CONGRESS OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CHINA

October 22, 2022

Xi Jinping

Comrades,

All items on the agenda of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China have been concluded by now. Thanks to the concerted efforts of all delegates, the Congress has been a complete success, and we have realized our goals of unifying thinking, fortifying confidence, charting our course, and boosting morale. This has been a congress of holding our banner high, pooling our strength, and promoting solidarity and dedication.

In the report of the 19th Party Central Committee adopted at the Congress, we hold high the banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics, uphold Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory, the Theory of Three Represents, and the Scientific Outlook on Development, and fully apply the Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era. This report provides an analysis of the international and domestic environments, defines the theme of this Congress, reviews our work over the past five years and the great changes over the first decade of the new era, and elaborates on issues of major significance, such as opening up a new frontier in adapting Marxism to the Chinese context and the needs of the times, and defining the unique features and essential requirements of Chinese modernization.

The report sets forth strategic plans for building a modern socialist country in all respects and advancing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation on all fronts. It also lays out an overall plan for coordinating our efforts to implement the Five-Sphere Integrated Plan and the Four-Pronged Comprehensive Strategy. In doing so, it charts the course and establishes a guide to action for the new journey of advancing the cause of the Party and the country in the new era and for realizing the Second Centenary Goal. This report is a crystallization of the collective wisdom of the entire Party
and all Chinese people. It is a political declaration and a program of action for the Party to rally and lead the Chinese people of all ethnic groups in securing new victories for socialism with Chinese characteristics. And it is a guiding Marxist document.

A report on the work of the 19th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection has been approved at the Congress. This work report outlines the explorations, practices, and important achievements of the central and local commissions for discipline inspection in advancing full and rigorous Party self-governance under the strong leadership of the Central Committee since the 19th National Congress. It articulates the utmost importance of furthering the Party’s full and rigorous self-governance and the great new project of Party building in the new era to the cause of building a modern socialist country in all respects and advancing national rejuvenation on all fronts. It underscores the significance of using the Party’s own transformation to steer social transformation. And it declares the Party’s firm resolve to keep improving conduct, promoting integrity, and fighting corruption with sober-minded determination to make this an unceasing endeavor.

The revised Party Constitution adopted at the Congress encapsulates the theoretical, practical, and institutional innovations made by the Party since its last National Congress. It sets out clear requirements for upholding and strengthening the Party’s overall leadership, promoting the Party’s full and rigorous self-governance, continuing and improving Party building, and advancing the Party’s self-reform.

A new Central Committee has been elected at the Congress, which brings together leading members and outstanding representatives of the Party from various regions, departments, spheres, and sectors. The newly elected Central Committee is a broadly representative and well-structured body with highly qualified members who meet the standards for Central Committee membership, match the expectations of ordinary officials and the general public, and reflect the realities of our Party’s leadership teams and contingent of officials. They will definitely be capable of shouldering the historic mission of rallying and leading the whole Party, the entire military, and the Chinese people of all ethnic groups in building a modern socialist country in all respects and advancing national rejuvenation on all fronts. A new Central Commission for Discipline Inspection has also been elected at the Congress. We believe that all the decisions and plans set out at the Congress and all its outcomes will play a significant role in guiding and underpinning our
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efforts to build a modern socialist country in all respects, advance national rejuvenation on all fronts, and secure new victories for socialism with Chinese characteristics.

As delegates to the Party’s National Congress, we are entrusted with a glorious mission and great responsibility. We must firmly keep in mind our Party’s original aspiration and founding mission. We must maintain firm ideals and convictions, carry forward the great founding spirit of the Party, and gain a thorough understanding of the Party’s theories, lines, principles, and policies. We must fully implement the Central Committee’s strategic plans for building China into a modern socialist country in all respects and advancing national rejuvenation on all fronts, study, observe, implement, and uphold the Party Constitution with a stronger sense of purpose, and closely follow the Central Committee in thinking, political stance, and action.

We must firmly keep in mind that this country is its people, the people are the country. We must fulfill our fundamental purpose of serving the people wholeheartedly, maintain a close bond with the people, and always stand on their side, empathize with them, and work alongside them. We must actively convey the concerns of other Party members and the public, properly exercise our duties as delegates, and willingly submit ourselves to the oversight of the Party and the people.

We must firmly keep in mind the country’s most fundamental interests. We must improve our capacity for political judgment, thinking, and implementation. We must take the lead in upholding the Central Committee’s authority and its centralized, unified leadership, in observing the Party’s political discipline and rules, and in enhancing our Party consciousness and improving our competence. We must contribute all of our wisdom and energy to the cause of the Party and the country, set a good example for other Party members, and prove ourselves fully worthy of the trust they have placed in us.

During the Congress, the central committees of other political parties, the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce as well as public figures from all ethnic groups and all sectors in China offered their congratulations, as did members of the public through various means. Political parties and organizations in many countries around the world also sent us congratulatory messages. The presidium of the Congress wishes to express its heartfelt thanks to each and every one of them.
Comrades,

Having come through a century of great endeavor, the Communist Party of China is once again embarking on a new journey on which it will face new tests. Over the past century, our Party has rallied all Chinese people and led them in securing great successes in the new-democratic revolution, in socialist revolution and construction, and in reform, opening up, and socialist modernization, and it has led them in ushering in a brand new era of

socialism with Chinese characteristics. Our achievements over the past century have been truly remarkable, and more than a hundred years on from its founding, our Party is still in its prime. We are fully confident and capable of creating new and even greater miracles

on the new journey of the new era, miracles that will amaze the world. All of us in the Party must stay closely rallied around the Central Committee and hold high the great banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics. We must remain confident in our history, exhibit greater historical initiative, and have the courage to fight and the mettle to win. We must stay focused, determinedly forge ahead, and unite and lead all Chinese people in striving to fulfill the goals and tasks set out at this National Congress.

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