- CPC session begins today
- Xi Jinping to become President for the third time
- Anti-Covid policy is being opposed
China Xi Jinping: The key session of China’s ruling Communist Party will begin on Sunday to decide on the appointment of new top officials. In this, President Xi Jinping is set to be elected for a record third term. With this appointment of Jinping, the three-decade-old norm of appointing top leaders for a maximum of 10 years will end. At the week-long 20th Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), 2,296 ‘elected’ delegates will attend a secret meeting under the criteria and guidelines set by Jinping. This convention is being organized amidst all the protests.
Barring 69-year-old Jinping, all top leaders, including the number two leader, Premier Li Keqiang, will face a massive reshuffle in the coming days. Outgoing Foreign Minister Wang Yi will be replaced by someone else in this reshuffle. Responding to selected questions from local and foreign media at a press conference here on Saturday, Sun Yeli, spokesman for the convention, said the Congress would run from October 16 to 22.
Protests started even before the convention
Sun, without commenting on Jinping’s possible third term, said that the session would cover the key theoretical ideas and strategic thinking to be established and the latest achievements in adopting Marxism entirely according to the Chinese context and the demand of the time, under revision. will also be included. A banner protesting Jinping’s unpopular anti-Covid policy and authoritarian rule in the northwest region of the capital Beijing was seen in photos going viral on social media on Thursday ahead of the convention to be held every five years.
Anti-Jinping and unpopular anti-Covid plan slogans are being raised in some places through battery-operated loudspeakers. After this incident, security arrangements have been tightened in Beijing. As per reports, some areas of the city have been virtually cordoned off and police have been deployed at several overpasses. There is also growing discontent in the party over Xi’s massive anti-corruption crackdown against officials over the past 10 years, observers say amid concerns and discontent over rising unemployment in the country. These include lakhs of officers including punished top officers of the army.
Campaign launched against corruption
From the very first day of taking power in 2012, Jinping launched a tough campaign against corruption.
Wang Jiangwei, former editor-in-chief of Hong Kong newspaper ‘South China Morning Post’, said, ‘If there was only one ‘specs’ to explain the remarkable rise of Chinese President Xi Jinping over the past decade, it would be his anti-corruption There was a campaign. The four-day preparatory meeting that ended on October 12, ahead of the convention, showed strong signs of Jinping remaining in power. About 400 senior officers participated in this preparatory meeting.
China’s constitution has been amended by the country’s parliament ‘National People’s Congress’ (NPC) in 2018 itself to ensure the continuity of Jinping’s power and the ban of two terms of five years for the president has been removed. .
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