Chinese leaders preparing official history to elevate Xi Jinping: Why it’s significant


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Chinese President Xi Jinping intends to retain power for a record third term.

Rise of Xi Jinping: Chinese leaders are preparing to publish a political story that will grant President Xi Jinping status alongside the most important figures in the ruling Communist Party, setting the stage for Xi to renew his rule next year.

A meeting of about 200 members of the Central Committee, which ended on Thursday, considered a resolution on “the main achievements and historical experience of the party.”

This will be only the third such statement in the party’s 100-year history, after Mao Zedong, who brought the party to power in 1949, and Deng Xiaoping, who launched reforms that turned China into an economic center.

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By making a similar statement under Xi Xi, he would confirm that he has amassed enough power to ignore the party’s practice of twenty years ago that he must step down next year when his second five-year term as secretary general ends.

The party lifted restrictions on Xi’s term as president in 2018, indicating his intention to stay in power.

The historic statement is expected to highlight the party’s success in overseeing China’s economic recovery and is likely to ignore the deadly political violence in its early decades in office and growing complaints of human rights abuses.

When presidential term limits were lifted in 2018, officials told reporters that it might take Xi longer to make sure economic and other reforms were implemented.

Xi has no clear rivals, but the drive to stay in power may alienate younger party leaders, who may see their chances of promotion diminish.

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In addition, political scientists cite the experience of other countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America and warn that long periods of rule by one person lead to worse official decisions and economic indicators.

Xi used his control over the party’s vast propaganda apparatus to promote his image.

State media have linked it to national successes, including the fight against the coronavirus, China’s rise as a technology maker, and last year’s successful lunar mission to retrieve moon rocks.

Dan’s 1981 assessment distanced the party from the brutal upheavals of the ultra-radical Cultural Revolution of 1966-76.

On the contrary, Xi promoted a positive image of the party during its first decades in power and urged it to revive its “original mission” as a leading economic, political and cultural power in China.

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