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Slated for 3rd term, Xi’s ‘Dare to fight, Dare to win’ message in key meeting

Xi Jinping is now set to be unveiled as general secretary on Sunday


The Chinese Communist Party’s Five-Year Congress ended on Saturday with President Xi Jinping set to emerge from the event as leader for an unprecedented third term.

Xi delivered a speech around noon (0400 GMT) at one of the final events of the week-long rally at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

“Dare to fight, dare to win, bury your head and work hard. Be determined to keep pushing forward,” he told party faithful.

His speech ended a week of largely raucous meetings between 2,300 party delegates, who were selected by the party to approve a reshuffle of its leadership.

However, in an unexpected move at such a heavily choreographed event, former leader Hu Jintao was led out of the closing ceremony. No official explanation was given.

The new Central Committee of about 200 senior Party officials was elected shortly after 11 a.m. on Saturday, the official Xinhua news agency reported, without disclosing the full list of members.

Delegates also voted to approve Xi’s “work report” presented at the opening of Congress last Sunday and approved a resolution on the Party’s constitution.

Xi is now expected to be unveiled as general secretary on Sunday, shortly after the first meeting of the new Central Committee.

This will allow Xi to serve a third term as China’s president, to be announced during the government’s annual legislative sessions in March.

Xi previously abolished the presidential two-term limit in 2018, clearing the way for him to rule indefinitely.

The weekend will also see the new Central Committee approve a revamped 25-member Politburo, as well as a Politburo Standing Committee – China’s apex of power – of about seven people, which analysts expect to see stacked. with Xi’s allies.

At the opening ceremony of Congress on Sunday, Xi gave a 105-minute speech praising the party’s achievements and glossing over domestic issues such as the slowing economy and the damage caused by its harsh zero-zero policies. Covid.

Heavy on ideological rhetoric and light on politics, a defiant Xi also urged Communist Party members to prepare for many challenges, including a hardening geopolitical climate.

“We must…be prepared to withstand high winds, choppy waters and even dangerous storms,” ​​he said.

“Faced with drastic changes in the international landscape, particularly external attempts to blackmail, contain, (and) blockade…China, we have put our national interests first.”

Security was also at the center of the speech, in which Xi hailed Hong Kong’s transition from “chaos to governance” and vowed to “never commit to abandoning the use of force” to seize control. self-governing island of Taiwan.

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Congress was expected to further cement Xi’s position as China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, with analysts predicting he was virtually certain to be reappointed for a third term in office.

Xi’s work report “is a carefully scripted drama through which the power of the Party, its leader and its ideas are meant to be elevated and amplified,” wrote David Bandurski, editor of the China Media Project at the University of China. Hong Kong.

But some key questions remain up in the air, including whether Xi, 69, will name a potential successor to the Politburo Standing Committee and whether a more concise form of his signature political philosophy will be enshrined in the 96 million-strong party charter.

The latter would make Xi Jinping Thought “the latest interpretation of Marxism (and) China’s state ideology in the 21st century,” said Steve Tsang, director of the SOAS China Institute at the University of London.

“Xi’s power will be akin to that of the Chinese dictator, and there will be virtually no possibility for anyone to advise him to attempt a course correction,” Tsang told AFP.

“It will increase the risk of political mistakes, because everything will depend on Xi’s right decision.”

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