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2. Xi closes Congress with call for national unity

China's President Xi Jinping has called for unity to build what he called a "great modern socialist country" on the closing day of the National People's Congress.

The 2-week annual session approved Xi's second term and a constitutional amendment, removing the 10-year term limit for presidents.

A government work report, prioritizing economic quality over high growth, was also approved, with an annual GDP growth target of around 6.5 percent, unchanged from last year.

In his closing address on Tuesday, Xi referred to the great cultural assets produced over China's history, spanning thousands of years.

He said if more than 1.3 billion Chinese people continue to put their spirit into pursuing their dreams, they will be able to realize the nation's great rejuvenation.

Xi repeatedly used the word "great" to encourage the public.

He noted opportunities as well as unprecedented challenges.

He said the goal is to build "a prosperous and strong, democratic and cultural, harmonious and beautiful, modern socialist country" by the middle of the century.

Referring to Taiwan, Xi said any attempts or tricks to divide the motherland are doomed to failure. He said all attempts will receive the condemnation of the people, and punishment.

He said not an inch of the great motherland can be separated from China.

The amendment of the Constitution has paved the way for Xi to stay in his post indefinitely after his second term ends in 2023.

His grip on power has been cemented following key appointments, including that of his ally, Wang Qishan, as vice president.