Top Communist Party leaders held a crucial meeting in Beijing by passing a crucial resolution on the country’s past, state media said on Thursday, which is expected to strengthen President Xi Jinping’s grip on power.
Xi, the unopposed leader of the world’s most populous country, has been leading a meeting of top ruling party leaders in the Chinese capital since Monday.
Nearly 400 members of the powerful Central Committee passed China’s resolution on “Key Achievements and Historical Experience of the Party’s Centennial Struggle” – only the third such resolution in its 100-year history.
The last two resolutions were issued in 1945 under former leaders Mao Zedong and in 1981 under Deng Xiaoping.
In order to maintain “the correct view of the party’s history”, the long manifesto said the party had “written the most spectacular epic in the history of the Chinese nation for thousands of years”, the official Xinhua news agency said.
“The Party Central Committee calls on the entire party, the entire army and people of all ethnic groups to unite around the Party Central Committee with Com. Xi Jinping as the core, to create a new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics of Xi Jinping. to be fully implemented,” Xinhua read.
This year’s closed-door plenum paves the way for the 20th Party Congress next autumn, at which Xi is handed a third term in office, regaining his position as China’s most powerful leader since Mao. widely expected to leave.
Analysts say the proposal will help Xi establish his vision for China and tighten his grip on power by reducing the role of past leaders.
Xi’s “idea” embodies Chinese culture and spirit, the text reads, adding that his presence in the “heart” of the ruling party is “of decisive importance … to promote the historical process of the great Chinese nation”. renewal”.
Xi’s tenure has been marked by anti-corruption crackdown, repressive policies in areas such as Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong, and an increasingly assertive approach to foreign relations.
He has also created a leadership cult that has rejected criticism, decimated rivalries and dissent and introduced his own political doctrine – “Xi Jinping Thought” – to school students.
State TV’s evening news broadcast said Xi’s resolution was of “widespread historical significance”, with footage showing Xi addressing rows of delegates in the Great Hall of the People in front of a red flag and communist emblem.
The first such resolution on the party’s history, passed under Mao, helped consolidate its authority over the Communist Party for four years before it seized power.
Second, the regime adopted under Deng, adopted economic reforms and recognized the “mistakes” of Mao’s methods.
In contrast to the 1981 resolution, Thursday’s communique more fully highlighted the wider upheaval of the Cultural Revolution, a disastrous period of political upheaval in the 1960s and ’70s.
Instead it refers to the period as “socialist revolution and construction”.
Chairman Mao is mentioned seven times in the document, while Deng is mentioned only five times.
In comparison, Xi Jingping is mentioned 17 times.
Xinhua this week described Xi as “undoubtedly a key figure in charting the course of history”.
“The party is rewriting its past to shape Xi Jinping’s future,” said Jean-Pierre Cabestan of Hong Kong’s Baptist University.
He predicted that the result would be “an even greater form of taboo” in the dark days of Chinese history.
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