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Xi is on track to consolidate power by rewriting CCP history

Xi is on track to consolidate power by rewriting CCP history

Beijing, China | Equal to Mao? Xi Jinping will preside over next week’s meeting of the Communist Party of China (CCP), which is expected to further consolidate its position in power in China by adopting a “historic” resolution for only the third time in its 100-year history. .

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The CCP, the “parliament” of the movement that has ruled China with a steel fist for 72 years, meets with its Central Committee from Monday to Thursday.

A closed door meeting with nearly 400 leaders will be held this year alone. It is almost a year ahead of the five-year-old Congress, which is looking to win a third term as Xi Jinping’s party leader, so that the country.

Four months after Mao’s attire celebrated the 100th anniversary of the party’s founding in Beijing’s massive Tiananmen Square, Xi Jinping will once again use history to increase his influence and rise to the same level as his predecessors.

Instead of publishing the text of the Central Committee’s “Plenum” resolution, the new China News Agency should discuss “a major resolution on the great achievements and 100 years of historical experience of the party”.

Wu Qiang, a dissident political scientist at the prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing, believes that if it is approved early next week, “it means that Xi Jinping’s authority will not be challenged.”

His “idea” in the constitution

Since taking over as CPC Secretary-General in 2012 and President of the People’s Republic the following year, he has continued to concentrate power in his hands.

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From the founder of the regime Mao Tse-tung (1949-76) he was often referred to as the most powerful Chinese leader.

In 2018, he amended the constitution to allow him to be head of state beyond the two-term limit. Like Mao, his “idea” is enshrined in the constitution.

Despite the sporadic outbreak in the country where the epidemic broke out in late 2019, he is now crowned with the Chinese “victory” against the coronavirus.

The question is, “How far can it go?”

Mao, Deng, G

In this regard, next week’s Central Committee meeting was crucial: in its centennial existence, the CPC passed only two “historic” resolutions, each time at crucial times, by political scientist Anthony Saich, a university in the United States from Harvard.

First, in 1945, four years before the Communists came to power, Mao Zedong consolidated power.

Second, in 1981, when Deng Xiaoping launched economic reforms, he was given the opportunity to turn the page on Maoism by recognizing the “mistakes” of the great rudder.

At this point, the resolution should be “less critical” of Mao, Mr Saich predicts.

Especially as the current power is moving away from the excesses of economic liberalism, it has been attacking some sectors such as real estate and the internet in recent months.

“We are moving towards a return to a controlled, planned economy,” Wu Qiang predicted.

By synthesizing Maoism and reform, the resolution should, according to Anthony Saich, “show that G is the natural heir to the glorious history of the CCP”.

Western experts generally estimate the consequences of Mao Tse-tung’s policies between 30 and 70 million deaths, while the former president remains a respected figure in his country.

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“The tone and content of the resolution reveals who Xi wants to be compared to,” Minzner said. “Equal to Mao and Dengue?” Or is Mao the only one? “

Changes in individuals

One year before the new management team enters office at the next Congress, the Conclave should lead to behind-the-scenes discussions.

There is no doubt that Xi Jinping will be re-appointed for the third time in the autumn of 2022 (unheard of since the end of the Mao era), although he has traditionally imposed a 68-year age limit on Chinese leaders.

However, many of them will retire.

The standing committee of the party’s political bureau, at next year’s congress, may increase the number of members from seven to five in this Seneca, which actually has the power to “further increase Xi’s power,” said Oo Qiang.

Central Committee meetings are held away from foreign media attention and Plenary conclusions should not be disclosed until Thursday evening after work is completed.

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