China: The party upgrades Xi

Status: 11/08/2021 03:23 a.m.

As of today, the leadership of the Communist Party in China is advising on the further political course. The Central Committee of the CP is likely to pass a resolution that is primarily intended to have a long-term effect.

By Steffen Wurzel, ARD-Studio Shanghai

In China, a glance at the newspapers these days is enough to be reminded of an important meeting of the Communist Party. The state media of the People’s Republic overwhelmed head of state and party leader Xi Jinping with praise and joy. An example from the Renmin Ribao newspaper on Thursday: “To hoist the flag and steer the ship, it takes extraordinary strategic determination. It takes excellent strategic thinking and scientific-strategic decisions. Secretary-General Xi Jinping personally has the building of a new development pattern in China planned, implemented and promoted. “

There have long been no doubts about Xi’s unrestricted leadership role in China. The plenary session of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, which begins today, will further strengthen the head of state. “The meeting is really important: for the future of Xi Jinping and for the direction in which the Communist Party and Chinese politics are moving”, says Adam Ni, co-editor of the Neican newsletter, which deals with political developments in the People’s Republic.

A decision with symbolic value

The official agenda of the plenary session is secret. However, it has been leaked that the roughly 300 predominantly male members of the Communist Party Central Committee want to pass a so-called “historical resolution”. This is so remarkable because there has only been a resolution with such a title twice in the history of the Communist Party of China: the first time in 1945, i.e. a few years before the Communists came to power in China and the People’s Republic was proclaimed under Mao Zedong. The second “historical resolution” was passed by China’s state and party leadership in the early 1980s under the leadership of economic reformer Deng Xiaoping.

The previous “Historical Resolutions” were written mainly with criticism and the processing of the political past, explains the political scientist Yang Chaohui from BeiDa University in the Chinese capital Beijing. It is true some things had also been praised, but the focus was on criticism.

Political scientist Yang says that the upcoming resolution will primarily be about praise. “The new resolution will most likely focus on the Communist Party’s achievements. It aims to take stock of what the nation and the party have achieved under Xi Jinping’s leadership.”

A series that enhances

The analyst Adam Ni from the English-language China newsletter Neican sees in the upcoming resolution the attempt of the communist leadership to divide the recent history of China into three areas: “Under Mao Zedong there was the revolution, Deng Xiaoping stands for the reform policy and things are now going straight on to Xi Jinping, who unites the whole and refines the ‘red spirit’. ”

According to Ni: “Despite the word ‘historical’, this resolution is not about history, but about the present and how China will develop in the future. The keywords ‘historical’ and ‘history’ only serve as pioneers . “

At the souvenir dealers in China, Xi and Mao have long been in a row – now the party also wants to carry out this classification.

Bild: picture alliance / Andy Wong/AP/dpa

View of the 2022 party congress

With the plenary session and the “Historical Resolution”, the Chinese Communist Party is also preparing for the 20th party congress in November next year. This time it will be particularly important: for the first time in decades, no change at the top is expected after two five-year terms in office. Xi Jinping will be running again for all that is known. The previous limitation of his term of office to a total of ten years, he has deleted from the Chinese constitution.

Political scientist Yang Chaohui from BeiDa University in Beijing says that the current plenary session of the Communist Party is already sending the signal that there is now a new great leader in China after Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. The meeting in the coming days is the political basis for Xi Jinping to continue his role as head of state and party at the 20th party congress next year.

China’s CP makes Xi Jinping even more powerful

Steffen Wurzel, ARD Shanghai, 8.11.2021 · 06:01

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