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.
Beijing (AsiaNews) - This morning saw the 7th plenary session of the 18th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCPCC). It should give the last touches to speeches, reports and choices that will be presented during the forthcoming 19th National Congress of the Party, scheduled for October 18th.
According to Xinhua, CCPCC will discuss the draft report of the Commission for Disciplinary Inspections on the work done during these five years and a draft for the change of the Party Constitution.
The state agency announces that the drafts collect "opinions" of "certain groups of people" and "opinions and suggestions" of new delegates at the 19 th Congress. It should celebrate the way China is reaching "a moderately prosperous society" and a "socialist development with Chinese characteristics".
With emphasis, Xinhua asserts that the Congress "will summarize historical progress and valuable experiences in maintaining and advancing socialism with Chinese characteristics acquired under CCPCC leadership with Xi Jinping as its heart, joining and guiding the people [formed] by all ethnic groups".
Xinhua adds that the Congress "will examine the current international and national situation and will draw the tracks and policies to respond to the urgency of the times."
Beyond everything, everyone's eyes are focused on how much power Xi Jinping can count on.
In October, the Party called Xi "the core" of leadership, enhancing his position. In all likelihood the Constitution will be amended to include some reference to Xi Jinping's thought as a guiding principle. This will put Xi on par with the other leaders of the past: Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao.
In preparation for the Congress, the National Statistics Bureau yesterday issued a series of "successes" pulled off by China (and Xi) from the 18th Congress to date: an average GDP growth of 7.2%; the creation of more than 13 million jobs a year; increased research and development expenditure by 52.2%; pollution decreased by 6%; an increase of 7.3% per annum of income; reduced poverty by 50%.
Only Mao and Deng Xiaoping have their names included in the PCC charter. According to observers, "Xi's thought" is a mixture of Maoist type slogans, wrapped in a nationalistic pride in which the Party's totalitarian power emerges, with Xi at its "core". Preparations for new Central Committee and the Politburo. Xi will not have absolute power, but shared with other factions, especially those of Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao. Wang Qishan retires.
At the recent Chinese Communist Party Congress Xi filled major government bodies with friends and loyalists. But there are no possible successors. Like France's King Louis XIV, Xi can say, "The Party? It's me". The Central Committee filled with managers of state owned firms: a sign that economic reforms will be slow. Nationalism is a double-edged sword. If Xi fails, his many enemies in the Party will coalesce.
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.
As the next Party Congress approaches, conflicts between the Xi line and that of the liberals, the Youth League, the Shanghai Gang, are apparent in mainstream media. Meanwhile Xi maintains his grip on absolute power, just like Mao. An expert analysis by Willy Lam, on Chinese politics and society courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation.