China The Communist Party Congress strengthens the position of President Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping secured complete control of the Chinese Communist Party on Saturday during a ceremony in whose predecessor Hu Jintao left unexpectedly, for health reasons, according to i media officers.

At the end of the ceremony at the People’s Palace, Xi invited the delegates to “be bold in the fight for victory”, adding: “work hard and be determined to move forward”.

At the end of the party conference, which is held every five years, he announced the new formation of the Central Committee, which acts as the party’s internal “parliament”.

The list of members released by the New China News Agency does not include four prominent Communist Party figures, including current Prime Minister Li Keqiang, who will step down from office next March.

Also absent from the Central Committee will be the third Chinese official Li Zhanshu, Vice Premier Han Qing, and Wang Yang, chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, an assembly with no decision-making power.

Wang Yang, considered one of the party’s most liberal voices, was among the most likely names to lead the next government.

According to Agence France-Presse estimates, the members of the new Central Committee have been changed by 65% ​​compared to the previous formation dating back to 2017.

The new committee, made up of 205 members, including 11 women, will hold its first meeting on Sunday, during which it will appoint the 25 members of the new Politburo, the Communist Party’s decision-making body, and members of its standing committee.

This powerful body, now composed of seven members, holds de facto power in China.

Get the former president out of the hall

Ness Grunberg of the “Mercator Institute for Chinese Studies “in Berlin believed that the new standing committee, after the amendments, would include” a majority of personalities loyal to Xi Jinping “.

Many Chinese experts do not expect a possible successor to the current Chinese president to emerge.

Xi Jinping’s term as General Secretary of the Communist Party will almost certainly be renewed, allowing him to secure an unprecedented new five-year term in March.

And Neil Thomas, an analyst at Eurasia Group, said that “this third term will put an end to three decades of power rotation” in China, though controlled.

To stay in power, Xi Jinping removed the two-term limit he had set from the constitution in 2017, theoretically allowing him to remain as the head of the country for life.

Although the ceremony took place according to a well-prepared scenario, an unexpected event occurred when former President Hu Jintao appeared in poor health, he was taken out of the hall.

An employee urged Hu, the 79-year-old who presided over China from 2003 to 2014, to get up from his seat next to Xi Jinping and was pushed out of the room against his will.

After a long silence from the media officials in this regard, the New China Agency confirmed that Hu Jintao “was not well”.

“Hu Jintao insisted on attending the closing ceremony … even though he needed time to finally recover,” the agency said on Twitter, adding: “When he got sick during the session, his team did. escorted in an adjacent room to rest. He’s much better now. “

Highlight of Taiwan

This twentieth conference has been held since the establishment of the Communist Party in 1921 in sensitive circumstances for China, as it faces a slowdown in its economic growth due to ongoing closure and quarantine measures and diplomatic tensions with the West in a series of files.

In this context, the approximately 2,300 delegates chosen by the various party organs held meetings behind closed doors over a week to adapt the party’s leadership and the country and trace the future of the second-world economic power.

Since joining the presidency in late 2012, Xi Jinping has concentrated power in his hands and implemented a policy of consolidating the regime’s power.

In an opening speech at the conference, Xi Jinping, the head of state, head of the armed forces, and party leader, called for the continuity of his policies.

It is therefore expected to proceed with the policy “zero Covid “, despite the terrible consequences for the economy and the growing popular discontent it causes.

Far from the cautious diplomacy of his predecessors, Xi should continue to raise China’s voice, at the risk of escalating tensions with his US adversary, especially on the Taiwanese issue.

In this regard, the Communist Party has decided to include in its Charter for the first time a reference that affirms Beijing’s “opposition” to the independence of the island of 23 million people.

On Saturday, Taipei called on Beijing to abandon its “old mentality” after this decision.

“We call on the new leadership of the Chinese Communist government to abandon its old mentality of conquest and confrontation and to resolve differences by peaceful, just and realistic means”, the Taiwan Continental Affairs Council. This body sets the policy of Taiwan’s government on Beijing, said in a note.

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