Thursday, September 29, 2022

Chinese leaders release official history to elevate Xi

BEIJING (AP) – China’s leaders have approved a resolution on the ruling Communist Party’s history, expected to set the stage for President Xi Jinping to extend his rule next year.

The resolution on the party’s key achievements and historical experience was adopted during a four-day meeting of the central committee that ended on Thursday, the official Xinhua news agency said.

The move is expected to give Xi the status of one of the ruling Communist Party’s most important figures. The statement is only the third of its kind in the party’s 100-year history, issued under Mao Zedong, who brought the party to power in 1949, and Deng Xiaoping, who initiated reforms that helped China transformed into an economic superpower.

Issuing a similar statement under Xi’s leadership would confirm that he has enough authority to ignore a two-decade-old party practice that says he should step down next year when his second as general secretary. The five-year term will end.

The party removed the term limit on Xi’s post as president in 2018, indicating his intention to remain in power.

The history statement is expected to emphasize the party’s successes in overseeing China’s economic development and ignore rising complaints about deadly political violence and human rights abuses in its early decades in power.

When the presidential term expired in 2018, officials told reporters that Xi may need more time to ensure economic and other reforms.

Xi has no clear rival, but his bid for a say in power has the potential to alienate young party figures, which could reduce his chances of promotion.

In addition, political scientists point to the experience of other countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America and warn that long periods of one man’s rule lead to poor official judgment and economic performance.

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

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

The 1981 assessment under Deng distanced the party from the violent upheavals of the ultra-radical 1966–76 Cultural Revolution.

In contrast, Xi has promoted the positive image of the party’s early decades in power and called for a revival of its “original mission” as China’s major economic, political and cultural force.

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