Xi joins Mao and Deng in Communist Party of China constitution

CPC endorses a second five-year term for President Xi Jinping

October 24, 2017 09:55 am | Updated December 03, 2021 10:41 am IST - Beijing

President Xi Jinping.

President Xi Jinping.

The Communist Party of China (CPC) on Tuesday endorsed a second five-year term for President Xi Jinping and amended its constitution to add his name and ideology, elevating him on a par with party founder Mao Zedong and his successor Deng Xiaoping.

Former leaders Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin also had their own ideologies incorporated in the constitution. But unlike Mao and Deng, their names were not included.

Mr. Xi’s concept of "socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era" was added to the constitution at the end of the CPC's week-long Congress.

The amendment to the constitution was approved, making 64-year-old Mr. Xi’s ideology as a new component of the party’s guide for action, according to a resolution of the 19th CPC National Congress.

The conference, attended by over 2,350 delegates, ended at the Great Hall of the People, the seat of power of China’s Communist leadership.

Mr. Xi and Premier Li Keqiang (62), ranked number one and two in the CPC hierarchy, would continue based on two five-year tenure convention for top leaders. Five new members will be elected to the seven-member Standing Committee of the party.

Mr. Xi and Mr. Li took charge in 2012 and set to continue till 2022.

New standing committee

The new standing committee will be unveiled for China and the world on Wednesday when they would formally appear in front of the media in a live telecast.

Reports in the Hong Kong media said that Mr. Xi may not have his way at the congress, as his closest aide Wang Qishan, who led the massive anti-corruption campaign in which Mr. Xi’s opponents were allegedly crushed, is likely to step down from the powerful standing committee, belying speculation that he would be retained by overriding the 68-year retirement rule.

Also the congress may keep the number of the standing committee members to seven, contrary to reported preference of Mr. Xi to reduce its number to five.

The new committee may retain balance of power among various factions within the party though Mr. Xi may still remain powerful with the induction of some of his close associates into it, the reports said.

As China enters a new era, the CPC must write a new chapter of 21st century Marxism with a broader vision to achieve the goals set at the milestone congress, Chen Shuguang, a professor with the Party School of the CPC Central Committee told state-run Xinhua news agency.

“Magic code” of the CPC

Mr. Li attributed the CPC’s success in maintaining vitality and creativity to the ability to advance with the times, saying it is the “magic code” for the CPC to lead China toward becoming a great modern country.

The congress that ended on October 24 will make great contribution to the world thanks to the concepts mentioned in a key report, Xinhua quoted analysts as saying.

Hu Angang, director of the Centre for China Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing, said “a community with a shared future for mankind means a community of shared interests and development.”

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