The Chinese Communist Party, which this year celebrates the centenary of existence, made this Thursday (11) a historic decision that enhances the influence of the Chinese president, Xi Jinping. The CPC Central Committee has been meeting since Monday (8) in plenary session with 400 key leaders.
Adopted behind closed doors by members of the CPC Central Committee, the resolution states that “the Party and the people fought for a century, writing the most wonderful epic in the history of the Chinese nation for thousands of years.” Since Xi Jinping came to power in late 2012, socialism has “entered a new era,” according to an excerpt from the text published by the official news agency Chine Nouvelle.
President Xi Jinping (in gray), former President Hu Jintao, and other leaders gather above a giant Mao Zedong plaque in Tiananmen (Heavenly Peace) Square during the celebration of the centenary of the founding of the Communist Party in Beijing, July 1, 2021 – Photo: Carlos Garcia Rollins / Reuters
The strongman’s “thought” in Beijing is “the core of Chinese culture and spirit,” asserts the resolution, which asserts that Xi Jinping’s presence at the heart of the party is of “critical importance” in promoting the historical process of the renewal of the People’s Republic of China. Chinese nation.
Political analysts believe that the decision, the third of its kind in the party’s history, will help Xi consolidate his power by setting his vision on China before next year’s party convention. This year’s plenary session is preparing the ground for the meeting, which should confirm Xi Jinping’s permanence at the head of the government. With three consecutive terms, he will be the most powerful leader of China since Mao Zedong.
In a century of existence, the Chinese Communist Party has made only two decisions about its history. The first, passed during Mao’s rule in 1945, consolidated his authority over the party four years before China seized power. In the second, during Deng Xiaoping’s term in 1981, the regime adopted economic reforms and acknowledged the “mistakes” of the Mao era.
By adopting a third text, Xi is following in the footsteps of two predecessors to start a new era in the country. Xi’s period was marked by the war on corruption and repressive policies in the regions of Xinjiang, Tibet, and Hong Kong, and another approach to international relations.
The Chinese head of state also established a cult to his leadership that forbids criticism, eliminates his rivals, and introduced his own political theory, known as ‘Xi Jinping Thought’, to students.
The general meeting coincides with intense diplomatic activity. Beijing and Washington announced an unexpected climate agreement at COP26 in Glasgow, which appears to ease tensions between the two powers, and a meeting between Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden via video conference is expected soon. But the Chinese president, meanwhile, warned of renewed Cold War-era tensions in the Asia-Pacific region.
“Attempts to draw ideological barriers or form small circles on the basis of geopolitics are doomed to fail,” he said at a virtual business conference parallel to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit meeting organized by New Zealand.
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