Chinese President Xi Jinping, addressing the Boao Forum for Asia, promised to oppose protectionism and protect the rights of foreign enterprises in China.
China's new president is touring Africa, underlining the continent's strategic importance for Beijing in its relentless drive to acquire vital resources.
China's new Premier Li Keqiang, addressing the problem of official corruption, said disclosure is the key to clean governance.
The top two new leaders of China said the government will work toward achieving the "Chinese dream" and to deepen reforms in the world's second-largest economy.
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Li Keqiang, 58, an economist, became China's premier Friday, succeeding Wen Jiabao.
UPI Almanac for Thursday, March 14, 2013.
China's new leader Xi Jinping, 61, seen as a reformist, Thursday took over as president, becoming the most powerful man in the country of 1.3 billion people.
The Chinese military asked its armed forces to heed their new leader Xi Jingping's call to be loyal to the Communist Party.
Outgoing Premier Wen Jiabao, inaugurating China's annual Parliament session, Monday set an economic growth target of 7.5 percent for this year.