Today (March 10) in Beijing, Xi Jinping will head up over one of his country’s great shows of political theatre and seal a long-planned political triumph, consolidating his power and extending his rule.
The Communist party will confirm Xi Jinping as China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong during the week.
Nearly 3,000 members of China’s rubber-stamp parliament, the National People’s Congress (NPC), voted unanimously in the Great Hall of the People for Xi, 69, to be President in an election where there was no other candidate.
The Chinese Communist party is dignified to formally hand Xi another five years as party boss, and therefore leader of the country, at a summit that will also move his allies into key roles and elevate the status of his writings on power and government.
The stage was set for another Xi term when he did away with presidential term limits in 2018. His power was already extended last October when he was reconfirmed for another five years as General Secretary of the central committee of the ruling Communist Party.
The 20th Party Congress will affirm him as the most powerful man in China since Mao Zedong, and enshrine him in all probability and his personal ideology in the party’s constitution.
Over the next two days, officials approved by Xi are set to be appointed or elected to fill top positions in the Cabinet including premier-in-waiting- Li Qiang, who is foretold to be named to China’s No. 2 post, putting him in charge of running the world’s second largest economy.