Xi Jinping addressed the Chinese Communist Party congress on Wednesday, he urged the delegates to “resolutely oppose” any action that undermines its leadership. The observers have said that the congress is set to enhance the Chinese President’s already formidable power. He told an estimated 2,300 delegates that the prospects for China are bright but the challenges are severe.
The President is expected to secure a second five year term as general secretary and put loyalists in leadership positions. The congress is held twice in a decade. Xi, in his speech spoke about the growing clout china has globally, its fight againt poverty and inequality, he also spoke about “zero tolerance” for corruption within the party. Xi has emerged as China’s most powerful leader since Mao and Deng Xiaoping. This congress may be his attempt to gain term beyond the stipulated two terms of five each. The party is 89 million strong and his top leadership position gives him unrivalled power.
By his side were his predecessors, Hu Jintao, Jiang Zemin. According to France24 it will be an end to the collective leadership process followed thus far which was aimed at preventing the rise of another “Mao.” Xi’s vision and thinking will be added to the constitution but whether his name would be added is open to speculation. Mao and Deng are mentioned in the constitution.
Xi’s anti corruption drive “swept aside” any rivals to his leadership of the giant nation. He also ensured that all dissent was silenced. One illustrious prisoner of conscience was the nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo who was not released even when he was dying of cancer in July. On the global stage he has made China’s prescense felt in Asia and globally. It has alongwith Russia been instrumental in preventing NATO allies from toppling the Assad regime. It has caused much tension in South China sea, where a new island is taking shape. It has only now come down heavily on North Korea, till now it had been its ally despite UN sanctions.