It is not an easy climb to top says, new China Prez Xi Jinping
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Dispelling the image of his "princeling" heritage, China's new President Xi Jinping says it is not an easy climb to the top. "Your heritage does not give you an easy licence to be promoted to the higher echelons unless you have done your
basic work at the grassroots," he says.
"As an ancient Chinese proverb goes, 'Prime Ministers used to be lowly officials; great generals rise from the ranks'. The system for selecting officials in China requires local work experience," he said, rebutting the allegation that the new generation of leaders of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) who took over power this month were all children of influential families of the Party.
"Princeling" is a term applied to senior officials who are thought to owe at least some of their success to family connections. Xi, 59, is the son of Xi Zhongxun, a Communist revolutionary and former Vice Premier who was persecuted by CPC founder Mao Zedong for his liberal views.
Xi began his career as Party official in a remote village. "I have worked in the rural areas as the Party branch secretary of a production team. I have also served in county,
municipal, provincial and central governments," Xi said.
"Extensive experience gained from working at the community-level enables an official to develop a people's perspective and know what the country is truly like and what the people need," the President said.
"To accumulate experience and professional knowledge and enhance skills and capabilities in the course of practice is essential to doing one's job well," he said.
Much work needs to be done to meet people's daily necessities, ensure smooth running of the society and normal functioning of state organs, and build and manage the governing party, Xi said.
"As the people have put me in this position, I must always put the people first and keep in mind the deep trust they have placed in me and my heavy responsibilities," Xi said.
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