Xi Jinping appears in public for first time since SCO summit

President Xi calls for ‘confidence and unity’ ahead of key Communist Party Congress

September 27, 2022 08:26 pm | Updated September 28, 2022 09:45 am IST - Beijing:

In this image taken from video footage run by China’s CCTV, Chinese President Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders visit an exhibit on September 27, 2022. Photo: CCTV via AP

In this image taken from video footage run by China’s CCTV, Chinese President Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders visit an exhibit on September 27, 2022. Photo: CCTV via AP

China’s President Xi Jinping on Tuesday called for “historical confidence” and “unity” as he led senior Communist Party officials on a tour of a new exhibition in the capital highlighting “breakthroughs and landmark achievements” of the past decade of his rule.

Mr. Xi’s visit to the exhibition was his first public appearance since returning 11 days ago from the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Uzbekistan. Mr. Xi had similarly avoided public engagements after returning from a visit to Hong Kong in July in keeping with China’s travel rules and “zero-COVID” policy that require arrivals to quarantine and isolate for a period of 10 days.

Also read | Samarkand: a miniature of an emerging world

Leading a group of leaders including members of the Politburo and Central Military Commission on a tour of an exhibition “on the great achievements of the Party and the country over the past decade”, Mr. Xi called for “concerted efforts to forge ahead determinedly toward a new victory of socialism with Chinese characteristics”, the official Xinhua news agency said.

“We should widely publicise the strategic initiatives, transformative practices, breakthroughs and landmark achievements over the past 10 years,” he said, “so as to inspire the whole Party and the people of all ethnic groups to strengthen their historical confidence, enhance their historical initiative… and move forward with determination and unity.”

The exhibition highlights poverty reduction campaigns, the pandemic response, as well as military modernisation of the past decade. Mr. Xi is expected to begin an unprecedented third-term following a twice-a-decade National Congress of the Communist Party that will convene in Beijing on October 16.

Top News Today

Comments

Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.