Outgoing Chinese Premier Hu Jintao warns corruption poses major threat to country
China's outgoing President Hu Jintao kicked off the 18th Communist Party Congress, warning that senior leaders had to be wary of 'potential dangers' and avoid 'arrogance and impetuosity' if the 'great banner of socialism' was to continue flying.
Speaking inside Beijing's Great Hall of the People, Jintao defended his 10-years in power and said the secretive seven-day Congress would help build 'a moderately prosperous society in all respects'.
Addressing a crowd of over 2,600 delegates he claimed the Chinese Communist Party had transformed the country from a 'poor and backward' place into 'an increasingly prosperous and powerful new China'.
"Our Party has made epic accomplishments," he said.
According to the Telegraph, but Jintao, whose successor, Xi Jinping, is being unveiled this week, warned that corruption posed a serious threat to the party, which has ruled China since the Communist Revolution in 1949.
Jintao also told the delegates, who are drawn from the Party's 82-million members, that China's leaders needed to focus on 'social harmony' and 'stability'.