At the meeting, Zhang Dejiang was also elected as Chairman of the Standing Committee of the NPC, and Li Yuanchao was elected as Vice President.
When the results of the elections were announced, the nearly 3,000 NPC deputies at present gave their warm applauses.
Xi Jinping stood up from his seat at the presidium to make bows to the deputies.
Sitting beside him, Hu Jintao - who had completed his term of office – also stood up to shake hands with Xi Jinping and extended his congratulations to him.
Such a scene looks quite familiar in this solemn Great Hall of the People.
But it is of extraordinary significance this time.
Right now China is at an important historical moment to carry forward the cause pioneered by our predecessors and forge ahead into the future.
The blueprint to complete the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects by 2020 by firmly adhering to the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics has been unveiled to the Chinese people.
What Xi Jinping has taken over from Hu Jintao is not just a post, but a piece of history, an aspiration, a heavy burden and a future.
There are only seven years left to attain the goal of building China into a moderately prosperous society by 2020. Hence next five years are the crunch time .
Therefore, it can be imagined that when Hu Jintao firmly held Xi Jinping's hand, his feelings were mixed.
On the one hand, Hu Jintoa gave his sincere benediction to his "successor", but at the same time couldn't help but be concerned somewhat with a heavy heart about the heavy weight on Xi Jinping's shoulders and the future road in front of him.
But Xi Jinping at that moment remained as gentle, cultivated, calm and unhurried as usual, and he even wore a faint smile. Needless to say , Xi Jinping at that moment could not but feel a little bit nervous.
It was just four months ago that he was elected as General Secretary at the CPC's 18th National Congress.
And now has taken over the posts as State President and Chairman of the state CMC, with all the powers of the party, state and military in his hand .
But he should feel fearless because he is selfless, and he should feel dauntless because he seeks no personal interest.
What was in Xi Jiping's mind at that moment must be nothing but the great trust and confidence placed in him by the party, the country and the people.
And the only thing he could do to repay the country and people was to exert all his strength to lead the whole Party, armed forces and the whole nation to bravely march forward along the road of socialism with Chinese characteristics and to attain the great goal of building a moderately prosperous society.
On seeing the scene of Hu Jintao warmly shaking hands with Xi Jinping in the Great Hall of the People yesterday, all Chinese people including Hong Kong compatriots felt heartily delighted.
For, this symbolized the smooth transition of the supreme power of our country in a nice atmosphere of tranquility, stability and solidarity.
This is really fortunate for our country and people. (to be continued) 15 March 2013