China: CP erects President Xi Jinping as historical figure

President Xi Jinping no longer has to worry about the 68-year-old age limit traditionally imposed on Chinese leaders.

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The resolution adopted in secret this Thursday by the 350 or so members of the Communist Party of China central committee protects the head of state from criticism for his possible retention in power. 


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With our correspondent in Beijing,

Stéphane Lagarde

History as the legitimation of power. The weight and tone of the press release published by the China New agency leaves little doubt as to what will happen next. The adoption of this "resolution of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China on the main achievements and historical experience of the Party's centenary struggle" gives Xi Jinping additional weight in his very likely retention at the head of the country during the XXth congress next year.

These six or so pages in Mandarin validate a more interventionist vision of the state apparatus imposed by the president since he came to power in 2012. They also celebrate " 

the most magnificent epic in the history of the Chinese nation on millennia

 ”written by the party which has ruled the country unopposed for 72 years. The 197 members of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party and their 151 deputy members salute Xi Jinping as the providential man who since coming to power nine years ago has brought Chinese-style socialism into a " 

new era


Endowed with "

great political courage

" according to the declaration, the head of state is regularly described by the state press as the most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, in other words stronger than Deng Xiaoping, the promoter of the policy. reform and opening up of China.

Following a constitutional amendment in 2018, Xi Jinping is not affected by the two-term limitation.

Like Mao, his thought is enshrined in the Constitution.

And with this resolution, he no longer has to worry about the 68-year-old age limit traditionally imposed on Communist leaders. 


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