The 19th Party Congress in Review.
At the close of the 19th Party Congress on October 25, it was confirmed that Xi Jinping will remain head of the Communist Party of China (“CPC”) and of the country for a second five year term. The meeting cemented Xi as the most powerful leader in China since Mao Zedong with his name written into the Party Constitution with a reference to “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era”. No other living leader has had his name added to the constitution since Chairman Mao.
President Xi’s predecessor, Hu Jintao, sought to rule as first among equals and his two terms at the top of the Party were defined by consensus driven leadership. Five years ago, Xi quickly obtained all key titles and positions. Since then he has systematically consolidated power and added titles. A year ago, he was anointed “core” leader of the Party, signaling that he stood above his peers. This week’s ascension into the constitution confirms Xi is now unequivocally above any other person in the country. Challenge Xi, challenge the foundation of the Party.
In addition to confirming Xi Jinping as the head of the Party, China’s new leadership team was unveiled on October 25 at the end of the First Plenary Session of the 19th Party Congress. The meeting saw the promotion of five members of the previous Politburo into the sevenperson Standing Committee and the appointment of 15 new members to the 25-person Politburo.
A Snapshot of the Congress
Xi Jinping is now the most powerful leader since Mao Zedong and the Party is more firmly than ever at the center of China’s development.
No heir apparent has been appointed into the Politburo Standing Committee, breaking with precedent dating back to 1992. Based on age, there are three contenders in the Politburo, but the break with precedent adds fuel to speculation that Xi may remain for a third term.
Initiatives over the past five years have been driven by Xi Jinping’s Chinese Dream: the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. A dream that sees the country standing tall on the world stage. This vision and dream will continue to drive the next five years.
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