15 November 2012
Last updated at 05:16
China's Communist Party has completed a once-in-a-decade leadership change that is expected to have a profound impact on the country's future. The BBC asked nine Chinese citizens to write down and explain the first issue they wanted the new leadership to address.
Liu Zhixin, 25, stay-at-home mother, from Harbin City, Heilongjiang province, with two-year-old daughter Liu Aitong: "I hope schools can ease the pressure on students and encourage them to study what they like and become what they want to be. Right now, students only study in order to do well on exams."
Wang Yi, 27, unemployed, from Beijing: "I think China’s future leaders should improve our political system so it meets global standards, especially in democratization and press freedom. They should drastically change our political environment. That would give young people hope in the political system and the economy."
Xu Yong, 19, unemployed, from Handan City, Hebei province: "I think the Diaoyu Island [territorial dispute] is a problem because of the history of the Sino-Japanese war. I hope our leaders can also treat average Chinese people better."
Tao Guangxue, 63, retired government worker and Communist Party cadre, from Harbin City in Heilongjiang province: "In the past, I loved the Party and believed in everything it did, but things have changed because the Party hasn’t performed well in the last few years. The government’s top priority should be to improve the living standards of common people. We have a long way to go before we get democracy and an honest government. The Party can’t be replaced otherwise the country will collapse. Only can this Party can lead the country."
Hotel workers Yang Huijie, 28, from Shangqiu, Henan province, and Qiao Yujiao, 27, from Chengde, Hebei province: "We work hard so we can get higher salaries. But we also need the government’s social security system to be improved. We also need programmes that address our interests, such as migrant workers’ medical insurance, to be better protected."
Maerhaba, college student studying international law, an ethnic Uighur from Xinjiang Autonomous Region: "I think the Chinese government is doing well, but in some aspects, things are not dealt with fairly or efficiently. From the news I read, I think the most urgent thing that should be addressed is societal injustice and government inefficiency."
Liu Hongmei, 25, salesperson, from Tianshui City, Gansu province: "Health is the most important thing. You can’t do anything without a healthy body. For example, the government should implement strict measures to ensure food safety."
Chen Jiazhen, 60, retired migrant worker from Henan province: "When you get old, your life is all you’ve got. You care about nothing else but your quality of life. Still, I think our leaders care about us. We migrant workers have a good life."
Zhao Panhui, 65, washes dishes at a school canteen, from Shijiazhuang City, Hebei province: "I hope China’s leaders can improve people’s quality of life by raising the minimum wage. They also need to ensure their citizens’ safety."
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