In view of Xi Jinping’s rule over China in the past decade, he has been compared to Mao Zedong. Some even called him a more ‘authoritarian’ ruler than Mao. Jinping has a wealth of powers. He is the head of the country, the Communist Party of China, the armed forces and several committees. Now he is going to get a third term as President, after which he will probably rule China for life. But this cannot be a matter of happiness for the troubled China. As power increases, so does responsibility. Analysts have warned that as problems escalate, it will be difficult for Jinping to escape blame.
Xi Jinping will be your worst enemy
Steve Tsang, director of the SOAS China Institute in London, said, ‘I think the biggest enemy of Xi Jinping’s long rule over China is Xi Jinping himself.’ He said a major policy blunder could cause a catastrophe in China that could potentially start the process of weakening Xi Jinping’s hold on power. In 2012, China’s economy was booming as it was ‘connected’ to the rest of the world. Four years ago in 2008, China surprised the whole world by organizing the Beijing Summer Olympics and then comes Xi Jinping.
Jinping came back with dictatorship
According to Jinping, there were many problems in the party, such as infighting, inefficiencies and corruption. As a solution, he brought back the dictatorship. He suppressed his political opponents in the form of an anti-corruption campaign, abolished presidential term limits and incorporated ‘Xi Jinping’s ideas’ into the party’s constitution. Analysts believe that abuse of power and taking wrong decisions has led to the end of many dictators because they do not have access to the right advice.
covid lockdown is heavy
Due to the Zero Kovid policy, Jinping is constantly falling prey to criticism. Successive lockdowns have dramatically reduced the country’s ‘growth rate’ in China’s economy. Experts say that instead of building expensive testing sites and quarantine centers, the focus should be on improving resources to increase vaccination rates. China still has not approved any foreign mRNA vaccines that are more effective than Chinese vaccines against Omicron.
The internal policy debate is over
Analysts pointed to Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine, saying that Jinping’s power, similar to that of the Russian president, could one day lead to disastrous results. Tsang said that we are seeing that big mistakes are being made because internal policy debate has been reduced within its scope, or in fact, eliminated. The Communist Party claims that its leadership helped lift millions out of poverty, but in reality China’s economic challenges have become more serious under Jinping.