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10/28/2016 CHINA

Party Plenum crowns Xi Jinping "core" leader

This title gives him absolute power. The next party congress will be in the second half of 2017. Changes predicted for many Party seats even in the Politburo. No member is above the party discipline.

Beijing (AsiaNews) - At the conclusion of the Chinese Communist Party Plenum, Xi Jinping was crowned the "core leader”, the same title that Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping and Jiang Zemin took.

The statement released yesterday evening at the end of four days of closed door meetings, is asking all members to "closely unite around [its] Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core”. It also indicates that the next national party congress will be held "in the second half of 2017 in Beijing", giving way to the formal preparation of the event.

The new definition of Xi will allow him to have considerable power - absolute in practice - of resignations and promotions in the Central Committee. By next year at least 11 seats of the 25 Politburo will be vacant for because of retiring members. These include five seats in the permanent Committee of the Politburo, the apex of Party power.

Since coming to power in 2012 as general secretary, Xi has accumulated more and more positions in the Party, the Head of State (as president), the head of the army (as chairman of the Military Commission). With the launch of economic reforms, he also became head of the committee that oversees these reforms, occupying a field that was previously left to the premier.

This rise has been favored by its anti-corruption campaign, launched against "tigers" and "flies", members of the Politburo and simple square at the base. Many of his opponents have been hit by accusations, followed by arrests, trials and convictions.

The Plenum statement has also established new rules for the internal Party official behavior. It warned the members of the Politburo, the Central Committee and the Standing Committee against "disobedience" to  Party decisions, "wavering on policy positions"  or being polluted by "incorrect ideologies."

The press release states that no organization or individual can be above the discipline of the Party which forbids corruption, electoral fraud, vote rigging and positions.

The question many analysts are asking is how will the Party will correct itself without independent commissions, without freedom of the press or freedom of speech.

See also

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The Party's Central Committee gives last touches to preparation for congressional meetings and praise for Xi Jinping

There is a report of the work done in five years, the amendment to the Constitution to include Xi Jinping's thought; a report on disciplinary inspections. China's economic successes over the past five years also published.

24/10/2016 17:22:00 CHINA
Sixth Plenum of the Chinese Communist Party opens

The focus is on the issue of "strictly governing the party”. Corruption remains the main concern with economic and political reforms at a standstill. New members prepare to enter the Central Committee. Wang Qishan’s retirement is a question as is Xi’s.

16/10/2017 10:59:00 CHINA
China's Communist Party expels former Justice Minister Wu Aiying

Her expulsion happened unexpectedly. Together with her, 11 more members of the Central Committee were expelled. Eighteen members of the Central Committee and 17 non-permanent members haveb been under investigation for corruption since 2012.

01/09/2017 14:25:00 CHINA
The 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party is set for 18 October

Xi Jinping is expected to be re-elected as general secretary and get his thoughts put into the party’s constitution, like Mao and Deng. With his anti-corruption campaign, he has eliminated personal enemies. His achievements are being promoted on TV and print.

11/08/2014 CHINA
To stop corruption, (the party's) absolute power must be curbed
For the great leader, the Zhou Yongkang investigation comes as no surprise. The party decides who and what can be pursued. A genuine fight against corruption requires democracy, an independent public opinion and independent judiciary. Courtesy of Radio Free Asia.

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