Chi­nese me­dia urge new sta­tus for Xi

The Myanmar Times - - World -

MOST Chi­nese peo­ple want Com­mu­nist Party chief Xi Jin­ping to be a “core” leader in the mould of Mao Ze­dong, of­fi­cial me­dia said a sur­vey showed, as he seeks to con­sol­i­date his con­trol.

The Peo­ple’s Tri­bune mag­a­zine, an af­fil­i­ate of the Com­mu­nist Party friendly Peo­ple’s Daily, this week pub­lished re­sults of a sur­vey of 15,000 peo­ple.

It said they agreed “the rise of a great na­tion calls for strong, core lead­er­ship” – ter­mi­nol­ogy that de­notes the supremacy of a sin­gle, out­stand­ing leader.

The report con­nected Mr Xi to the lega­cies of Mao Ze­dong and Deng Xiaop­ing, China’s most pow­er­ful rulers of re­cent decades, who fun­da­men­tally changed the di­rec­tion of the coun­try.

The report came with 400 top party lead­ers con­vened in Bei­jing for a meet­ing known as the Sixth Plenum to dis­cuss changes to party struc­ture and dis­ci­pline.

Mr Xi has sought to bend the party to his will since tak­ing its helm in 2012, and has al­ready taken con­trol of more levers of power than any leader since Mao.

An­a­lysts have spec­u­lated that Mr Xi could seek to stay in power be­yond the tra­di­tional 10-year term.

In Chi­nese pol­i­tics the “core” de­notes a de­gree of in­di­vid­ual au­thor­ity that is not con­strained by term lim­its, Willy Lam, pro­fes­sor of pol­i­tics at the Chi­nese Univer­sity of Hong Kong told AFP.

The Peo­ple’s Tri­bune said re­spon­dents ad­mired Mr Xi’s con­fi­dent strate­gic think­ing, his brav­ery in fac­ing prob­lems and his “per­sonal charisma”.

The sur­vey report in­cluded dire warn­ings that weak­en­ing the core can “eas­ily cause civil war, in­va­sion by for­eign en­e­mies, and the des­ti­tu­tion of the peo­ple. This is the painful les­son 100 years of blood and tears in re­cent Chi­nese his­tory have given us.” –

Photo: AFP

Xi Jin­ping is al­legedly seen as a core leader, much like Mao Ze­dong.

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