China’s ruling Communist Party (CCP) set the groundwork for President Xi Jinping to be re-elected next year, hailing his role in the country’s growth into an economic and strategic power. Accordingly, the CCP elevated and enshrined him as a significant historical figure on Thursday, Nov.11.
Top CCP officials in China have approved a resolution that paves the way for President Xi Jinping to extend his rule.
Central Committee members declared Xi’s ideology the “essence of Chinese culture” as they wrapped up a leadership meeting. A party statement said it was “of decisive significance” for “the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.”
It’s anticipated that Xi will seek a third five-year term as party general secretary, having amassed more personal power than any leader since Deng Xiaoping in the 1980s.
The party’s statement underlined its accomplishments in guiding China’s rise to become the world’s second-largest economy, ignoring fatal political turmoil during its early years in power and mounting human rights complaints.
Beijing’s treatment of Hong Kong, attempting to suppress pro-democracy agitation, and relations with Taiwan were reaffirmed in the statement. The party claims the island democracy as part of its territory and tries to intimidate Taiwanese citizens by flying a growing number of fighter jets and bombers close to its shore.
In terms of economic policy, Xi’s ruling party has adopted a sometimes contradictory strategy of vowing to allow market forces a leading role while tightening state control over industry. As a result, tech corporations are pressured to put their money where their mouths are to help political parties achieve their goals.
Xi is leading a “Common Prosperity” campaign to close the income and wealth gap between China’s billionaire few and the rest of the population. Companies are encouraged to share their wealth with their employees and the general public by raising wages and contributing to rural job creation and other development projects, reported National Public Radio.
The party has increased its grip on society, putting independent religious groups and human rights campaigners under house arrest.
More than 1 million members of predominantly Muslim ethnic minority groups have been jailed and subjected to political indoctrination in the northwest’s Xinjiang province. Officials from the government deny claims of atrocities such as forced abortions, claiming that prison centers are for job training and combating extremism.
Earlier this week, China’s military built “full-scale sized mockups of major U.S. warships, including an aircraft carrier, to use at a new target range complex.” Tensions between the U.S. and China continue to rise “amid geopolitical issues in the South China Sea and responsibility for the coronavirus pandemic,” reported the Daily Wire.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that it’s been pretty—pretty evident that the U.S. is concerned about what China is doing.”
“The full-scale outline of a U.S. carrier and at least two Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are part of the target range that has been built in the Ruoqiang region in central China. The site is near a former target range China used to test early versions of its so-called carrier killer DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missiles,” the U.S. Naval Institute reported. “This new range shows that China continues to focus on anti-carrier capabilities, with an emphasis on U.S. Navy warships. Unlike the Iranian Navy’s aircraft carrier-shaped target in the Persian Gulf, the new facility shows signs of a sophisticated instrumented target range.”
“I think makes it very clear what our understanding of their intentions are, and their capabilities are. And how they’re developing those capabilities and to what ends,” Kirby said. “And clearly, they have invested a lot and particularly in air and maritime capabilities that are designed largely to try to prevent the United States from having access to certain areas in the Indo-Pacific.”