History made in China like Xi Jinping to serve the third term

The story was made in China after it was confirmed that President Xi Jinping will remain in power, breaking with a decade-long precedent that limits the terms of Chinese leaders.

Having ruled China already for 10 years, Mr. Xi will remain in office for at least another five years and, in theory, could become the leader for life.

The break with tradition makes him the most powerful leader in China since Chairman Mao, and his vision has become increasingly indisputable.

Confirmation came at the end of 20th Party Congress lasting one week of the Chinese Communist Party.

The event takes place once every five years and has the central purpose of selecting the people who will fill leadership roles for the next five years.

This includes the two groups seen as the pinnacle of political power in China: the 25-member Politburo, and the seven-person Politburo Standing Committee, including the president.

The new standing committee turned out to be like President Xi brought them to the stage in order of ranking. His leading the march was the confirmation that he will remain as the party’s general secretary. His official confirmation as president will take place in March.

The two-term limit for Chinese presidents was introduced in the early 1980s after Chairman Mao’s death.

Mao’s nearly 30 years of rule have brought great chaos, violence and instability to China – and the idea was to move to a more “collective leadership” model and ensure that power could never again be so centralized in the hands. of a single person.

In 2018, Xi successfully removed the two-term limit from the constitution, paving the way for the consolidation of his power this weekend.

There were other constitutional amendments made this week to further highlight Xi’s “central” status at the center of the party.

Changes to the Politburo Standing Committee also suggest that it has become increasingly unquestionable.

Two figures in particular, Li Keqiang and Wang Yang, are notable for their demotion from the standing committee. Both are young enough to serve another term and are reportedly more inclined to reform, but neither is considered Xi’s arch-loyalist.

With two more retirements, there were four new faces on the top team. All four are men considered to be within Mr. Xi’s inner circle. All have worked closely with him at various points in his career and are likely regarded as highly reliable.

It represents Mr. Xi filling the standing committee of his closest allies and appears to offer little in the way of olive branch to the other wings of the party.

Furthermore, there was no obvious successor in the formation of the standing committee. A designated successor is usually anyone on that team who is young enough to serve one pending term and two terms as a leader before retirement age of 68, but there was none of that age.

This indicates that Mr. Xi may indeed have plans to remain in office for another 10 years or more.

His established position matters enormously in China and around the world because it means his vision of the country is here to stay.

Under his leadership, China has become richer and stronger. The ultranationalist view of him made him more assertive than the foreign scene and unrepentant about his rise.

But in his ten years in power, President Xi also centralized much of the power within the state and the party under his control. He purged rivals and stifled dissent.

People in China are under increasing surveillance and censorship, while journalists, lawyers and civil society groups have largely been silenced.

In his speech, he spoke of his ambition for a “great rejuvenation” of China, but repeated references to a “dangerous storm” and “troubled waters” that may worry some international observers.

Experts say it would now take a political earthquake to unseat it, which seems increasingly unlikely.

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