Xi Jinping has been preparing for a long time for the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. This twice a decade reunion could have ended his political influence or amplify it. A week into this event, the latter happened. Jinping will continue to manage China with no authority higher or equal to him. Instead, he named six advisors but failed to mention any official heir.
Xi’s Omission of an Official Heir Indicates Intention to Preside for a Third Term as Well
On Wednesday, Xi Jinping announced the new board that is going to follow him in his second five-year term as the head of the Communist Party and president of China. However, this announcement lacked the name of a successor to Xi Jinping. This omission can signal Jinping’s intention to keep power in his hands even longer than the new term.
The first meeting on Wednesday of the New Central Committee awarded Xi Jinping with a new mandate. In his turn, China’s president stated that he would redirect all assets of the entire party to put an end to poverty in his country.
According to the history of party leaders, they stopped presiding over China after only two terms of five years each. The lack of an official heir indicates that Xi is not going to abide by this unwritten rule. His status has already been changed during this year’s national congress.
The party introduced Xi in their constitution side by side with past great leaders Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. This event is an official recognition of the fact that Jinping is the most powerful Chinese authority in decades.
The New Committee Spans Different Allegiances to Better Represent China
Xi claimed that he wishes to use his political power to turn China into one of the modern global powers by 2050. The new committee was specially selected to aid him in these endeavors.
The lineup spans a variety of different groups for a wider coverage of national interests. They will be in charge of the advisory body of the legislature. They will also tackle different other domains such as party discipline, propaganda, ethnicity, and Taiwan affairs.
The six-member committee includes Li Keqiang, Li Zhanshu, Wang Yang, Wang Huning, Zhao Leji, and Han Zheng. Out of these, only Zhao and and Li Zhanshu are considered Xi’s proteges. The presence of the other four members reassures the communist party that Jinping avoids the perils of an authoritarian regime.
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