The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on Friday passed a resolution at its national congress praising leader Xi Jinping, and reflecting his handling of political issues before the party conference.
Xi has shown during his first term as head of state that he wants to consolidate his power and cast off the legacy of his more conservative predecessors. The goal is to help ensure he has a strong position to address challenges facing China such as growing economic inequality, corruption and the legacy of Mao Zedong.
The resolution, approved at the end of the third plenary session of the party’s central committee, began by praising Xi’s “important contributions to realizing the party’s core and core leader position” and “aggressively moving forward with the party’s two major anti-corruption campaigns.”
It also praised Xi’s vision of “socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era” and “comprehensive development strategies and detailed policy plans,” while praising his “important contributions to the modernization of the socialist international order.”
Xi rose to prominence during the country’s anti-corruption campaign, which focused on reducing power-hungry leaders and taking down political adversaries. It was launched in 2013 by the previous party chief, Xi’s predecessor Hu Jintao.
Jintao identified the country’s over-reliance on the economic model created by Mao as a threat to stability and growth. But Xi has continued on his predecessor’s path of aggressively battling elites accused of corruption, rolling back the press, crackdown on the internet and restrictions on religious groups, and pushing ahead with construction of massive new military installations.
Beijing’s recent diplomatic expansion in the South China Sea, including its building of man-made islands, has further alarmed Southeast Asian countries, many of which are in alliances with the United States. China is also locked in a standoff with U.S. Pacific Command over control of a disputed underwater mountain range, where U.S. surveillance planes have made several flights.
Xi also has overseen a crackdown on human rights, and his crackdown on official corruption has sent low-level officials from across the party scrambling to save their jobs.
Xi, 64, took power in late 2012, replacing Hu Jintao. At the time, the official Xinhua news agency said Xi was more “pragmatic” than Hu.
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