Date
18 December 2017
Observers are waiting to see if President Xi Jinping’s ideas will be included as guiding principles of the party. Photo: Reuters
Observers are waiting to see if President Xi Jinping’s ideas will be included as guiding principles of the party. Photo: Reuters

Xi expected to consolidate power at upcoming party congress

The 19th national congress of the Communist Party of China will be hed in Beijing on Oct. 18, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports, citing the party’s politburo.

The highly anticipated congress will decide the national leaders for the new term. President Xi Jinping’s major policy pronouncements are expected to be incorporated into the party constitution.

Observers are waiting to see if Xi’s ideas will be included as guiding principles of the party.

The Communist Party’s constitution was revised in 1945 with then leader Mao Zedong’s guiding thoughts, in 1997 with Deng Xiaoping’s theories and in 2002 with Jiang Zemin’s principles.

Former president Hu Jintao’s vision on scientific development was written into the constitution in 2007 and confirmed as guiding thoughts in 2012.

More Xi supporters are expected to be given important positions in the Chinese government and the party, further condolidating his power base, Apple Daily reports.

However, Xi’s attempts to include his remarks as guiding thoughts in the party’s constitution are not without resistance.

The careful choice of words by the official Xinhua news agency in a report on Thursday could be indicative of that.

It said the upcoming congress will be guided by Marxism–Leninism, Mao Zedong’s thoughts and Deng Xiaoping’s theories.

According to Willy Lam Wo-lap, a recognized authority on the Chinese Communist Party, the way Xinhua reported the news could suggest that there is pressure from former leaders such as Jiang Zeming to suppress Xi.

Meanwhile, with this year’s APEC Summit scheduled for Nov. 11-12 in Danang, Vietnam, US President Donald Trump may make an official visit to China around those dates.

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