The future of Xi Jinping on the menu of the congress of the Chinese Communist Party

The future of Xi Jinping on the menu of the Chinese Communist Party Congress

< p class="sc-v64krj-0 knjbxw">Chinese President Xi Jinping was delivering a speech to celebrate the centenary of the Communist Party of China in July 2021.

The Chinese Communist Party will hold its congress on October 16, state media announced on Tuesday, a decisive meeting which should allow President Xi Jinping to snatch an unprecedented third term at the head of China.

Except for a twist, Mr. Xi should become the first president to stay in power for a third coronation at the head of the most populous country on the planet.

At the previous congress in 2017, the Beijing strongman had his “thought” entered into the founding documents of the Party.

A few months later, the Constitution was amended to remove the two presidential term limit. Xi Jinping can therefore in theory preside over the People's Republic for life.

This congress, the 20th since the creation of the CPC in 1921, should also lead to a broad recomposition of the Standing Committee of the Bureau Politics, the almighty seven-member body that holds the reality of power in China.

According to unwritten traditions, some of the current members of the ruling coven reach the age at which they are supposed to retire.

Strong 2,300 delegates, the CPC general assembly will be held at a key time when the whole Party and all ethnic groups in the country are committed to building a modern socialist country, the Chinese government said Tuesday. CCTV public television.

While the communist regime gives the appearance of unity, behind the scenes rivalries are rife and the president is still seeking to consolidate his power, analysts say.

Since Xi Jinping took over as Party-state leader in late 2012, more than 1.5 million cadres have been disciplined in the wake of a massive anti-corruption campaign, according to sources. official figures dating back several years.

The Chinese number one has long been suspected of using this campaign to attack his internal opposition.

The Party Congress will open at when China is facing many difficulties.

After years of frantic development, the Asian giant is now facing a sharp slowdown in growth. And unemployment has risen sharply among 16-24 year olds (nearly 20%).

However, the Party draws its main legitimacy from the increase in the purchasing power of the population.

The zero COVID strategy, defended tooth and nail by President Xi , is also increasingly contested by the general public and especially the business community, who are alarmed by the threats that confinements pose to activity.

In Shanghai, China, people have been confined for two months due to a very strict zero COVID policy.

The authorities decree localized confinements, impose PCR tests in certain places every 72 or even 48 hours and pose the risk of quarantine on any traveler going to a another province.

At the international level, points of contention have also multiplied between Xi Jinping's China and the great American rival: trade and technology, fate of the Uighur minority in Xinjiang, repression in Hong Kong, but also tensions around Taiwan.

China thus carried out military maneuvers at the beginning of August, unprecedented in their scale, nearly this island on which Beijing claims sovereignty.

A message of firmness addressed to Washington after the visit deemed provocative to Taiwan by the American number three Nancy Pelosi.

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