Hindustan Times (Delhi)

Xi’s thoughts in constituti­on

- Sutirtho Patranobis spatranobi­s@htlive.com

BEIJING : President Xi Jinping’s political thoughts are likely to be embedded in the constituti­on of Communist Party of China when top members of the party gather at a key meeting in Beijing later this week.

The 19th National Congress of the CPC, which will begin on October 18, will likely announce an amendment to the party charter to include Xi’s thoughts.

The five-yearly event will be attended by total of 2,287 delegates from across China.

It was decided that three documents will be submitted to the upcoming congress for examinatio­n and deliberati­on, a communique released by the CPC at the conclusion of a meeting in the run-up to the party congress said.

“A report to be made by the 18th CPC Central Committee to the 19th CPC National Congress, a work report of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection to the congress, as well as an amendment to the CPC Constituti­on were discussed and approved,” the communique added. “The amended constituti­on must fully represent the latest sinicisati­on of Marxism, new governance concepts, thoughts and strategies of the CPC Central Committee since the 18th CPC National Congress, as well as new experience in adhering to and strengthen­ing party leadership and in strict party governance,” an earlier CPC statement had said. It’s not clear what exact words could be used to include Xi’s thoughts in the charter; the specific amendment to the party constituti­on will only be revealed at the end of the congress.

But if the amendment is put in place, then it would be the latest sign of President Xi’s rapid rise in the country of 1.4 billion as one of the strongest Chinese leaders in decades. He took over as CPC chief in 2012.

So far, the CPC charter only has “Mao Zedong’s Thoughts” and “Deng Xiaoping’s Theory” included in it by their names.

Beijing, meanwhile, has been put under several layers of security for the meeting with thousands of security personnel being deployed across the city of 21 million people. As the 19th Congress approaches on October 18, its shadow over the internet and news media has grown darker.

“This congress is especially sensitive: In addition to changes to the CPC constituti­on, its decisions may signal Xi Jinping’s intent to stay on as general secretary beyond the customary 10-year stint,” Sarah Cook from advocacy group Freedom House told HT.

 ?? AFP ?? Lording over: Chinese President Xi Jinping’s thoughts will share space with those of the country’s greatest leaders.
AFP Lording over: Chinese President Xi Jinping’s thoughts will share space with those of the country’s greatest leaders.

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