All Hail: Xi Jinping Confirmed As "Most Powerful Chinese Leader Since Mao"

The phrase “Socialism with Chinese characteristics in a new era” is hardly catchy, but wields immense power. Xi Jinping became the first incumbent leader since Mao to have his name and thought added to the Party’ guiding principles, symbolising a major elevation in his power.

Bloomberg reports “China’s ruling Communist Party approved a revised charter that enshrined President Xi Jinping’s name under its guiding principles, elevating him to a status that eluded his two immediate predecessors. The amended constitution voted on by the Communist Party in Beijing listed ‘Xi Jinping thought on socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era’ alongside the theories of Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. While presidents Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao also secured contributions to the document, neither was featured by name. The revisions confirmed Xi’s rapid consolidation of power and will reinforce speculation that he might seek to stay on after his second term ends in 2022.

No Chinese leader since Mao has managed to put his stamp on the party’s prevailing ideology in its foundational document before stepping down. ‘Enshrining ‘Xi Jinping thought’ in the Constitution will ensure that Xi Jinping is considered one of the great transformative leaders’ of China, said Elizabeth Economy, director of Asia Studies at the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations.

The move ‘again puts him on par with Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping.”

Chinese media and state officials had been signalling Xi’s elevation since his opening speech at the 19th Party Congress, as the BBC explains "The unanimous vote to write in ‘Xi Jinping Thought’ took place at the end of the Communist Party congress." The congress began last week with a three-hour speech by Mr Xi where he first introduced his philosophy called ‘socialism with Chinese characteristics in a new era’. Top officials and state media then began repeatedly mentioning this ideology, calling it ‘Xi Jinping Thought’, in a sign that Mr Xi had cemented his influence over the Party. The BBC's China editor Carrie Gracie says enshrining ‘Xi Jinping Thought’ in the party constitution means rivals cannot now challenge China's strongman without threatening Communist Party rule. Previous Chinese Communist Party leaders have had their ideologies incorporated into the party's constitution or thinking, but none, besides founder Mao Zedong, have had their philosophy described as "thought", which is at the top of the ideological hierarchy.

Leading party bosses have been positively gushing in their praise of Xi during the congress. The party chief of Xinjiang, Chen Quanguo described Xi’s teachings as “intellectually incisive, visionary and magnificent”. Mr Bayangolu, who heads up Jilin province fawned “General Secretary Xi Jinping is the party’s helmsman”, using a term often used to describe Mao. The Guardian reports that Xi gave a short and glowingly optimistic address to delegates.

“Our party shows strong, firm and vibrant leadership,’ Xi said in a brief address to more than 2,200 delegates. ‘Our socialist system demonstrates great strength and vitality. The Chinese people and the Chinese nation embrace brilliant prospects. Today we, more than 1.3bn China’s people, live in jubilation and dignity. Our land … radiates with enormous dynamism. Our Chinese civilisation… shines with lasting splendour and glamour.”

The question now is whether this increased power is also a stepping stone to extending his reign beyond 2022. The Guardian delves into this question “Bill Bishop, the publisher of the Sinocism newsletter on Chinese politics, said the birth of ‘Xi Jinping Thought’ confirmed the rare levels of power and prestige enjoyed by its creator. ‘It means Xi is effectively unassailable … If you challenge Xi, you are challenging the party – and you never want to be against the party’. Jude Blanchette, an expert in Chinese politics from New York’s Conference Board research group, said: ‘This is about amassing power and credibility and legitimacy and authority within the system to drive through more effectively what he sees as the right path for China. If you tower above the party, then it is very difficult for anyone below you to decide they don’t want to implement your commands.’ Writing in the Financial Times, Australia’s former prime minister Kevin Rudd said the fanfare around China’s leader suggested Xi, who took power in 2012 and had been expected to step down in 2022, would in fact rule well into the next decade. ‘Five years ago I said he would be China’s most powerful leader since Deng Xiaoping. I was wrong. He is now China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong,’ Rudd wrote.

Some commentators are reserving judgement on Xi’s leadership ambitions until the announcement of the all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee. It currently consists of seven people and meets weekly to set policy. “Susan Shirk, the head of the 21st Century China Centre at the University of California, San Diego, disputed the portrayal of Xi as an almighty Mao-like figure. ‘He’s ruling differently, for sure, and people are intimidated by him because of the anti-corruption campaign.’ But Shirk said she was reserving judgment on whether Xi was attempting ‘a real dictatorial play’ until the new line-up of China’s top ruling council, the politburo standing committee, was announced on Wednesday. If that committee included at least one of three possible successors – Hu Chunhua, Chen Min’er or Zhang Qingwei – that would signal Xi’s intention to step down in 2022, she said. If no clear successor emerged, however, it would fuel fears that Xi was ‘going for broke, all-out to be a dictator’ and planned to remain in power indefinitely. ‘I’m prepared to call him a dictator after that. But I am waiting to see,’ said Shirk, US deputy assistant secretary of state under Bill Clinton.”

These were Bloomberg’s thoughts on the succession question:

Here are the key scenarios to watch for on Wednesday:

  • No Obvious Heir - Xi walks out with six other men who were born before 1960. That would leave nobody young enough to rule for 10 years after 2022, according to current retirement conventions that mandate stepping down at age 68. By not clearly signalling an heir apparent at the middle part of his term, Xi would be departing from party traditions in place since 1992. That would fuel speculation that Xi wants to stay on as party leader. ‘Most likely he won’t appoint clear successors at the party congress,’ said Minxin Pei, professor of government at Claremont McKenna College in California and author of the 2016 book ‘China’s Crony Capitalism: The Dynamics of Regime Decay.’ ‘The safest thing to say is Xi has a lot of flexibility.’
  • Successor Emerges - Xi walks out with two officials born in the 1960s, young enough to stay in power through 2032. Many analysts view the most likely successors as Chongqing’s new party chief Chen Miner, 57, and Guangdong party chief Hu Chunhua, 54. It’s important to see who walks out first, signaling a higher rank. Hu was appointed by Xi’s predecessor, former President Hu Jintao, while Chen once worked under Xi as a provincial propaganda chief. Hu is the leader of Guandong province, which has a population of 104 million people and an economy larger than Mexico’s. He’s an advocate of automation as a solution to slowing growth and rising wages, and has urged factories to ‘replace humans with robots.’
  • Standing Committee Shrinks - Xi walks out and only four people follow him on stage. Cutting the Standing Committee to five members from seven would put Xi in charge of China’s smallest leadership group in three decades. The move would continue a shift to smaller leadership bodies that began five years ago, when the committee was slashed from nine members. Another reduction would make it less likely that potential successors are among the new members. ‘A smaller Sanding Committee grants more power to the party chief because he can quickly convene a top meeting and needs fewer support votes to push through his agenda,’ said Gu Su, professor of Philosophy and Law at Nanjing University. ‘A bigger standing committee, like a nine-person committee, runs the risk of policy stagnation because the decision-making process is longer.”
  • Retirement Norms Shattered - Xi walks on stage followed at some point by anti-corruption chief Wang Qishan, 69. Keeping the anti-corruption chief in the Standing Committee would remove an age limit in place since 2002, setting a precedent for Xi to do the same after he reaches the same retirement age in 2022.

Comments

nmewn Rjh Tue, 10/24/2017 - 07:07 Permalink

Then we start thinking about "five year plans", Government Sponsored Enterprises and printing national currencies to prop up fake asset prices at the expense of the common workers wages and it all begins to fall into place about "what this" really is ;-)

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BennyBoy Tue, 10/24/2017 - 06:03 Permalink

  Xi Jinping and his family/clan/cronies are the most powerful in China.Kind of like what Hillary and her family/clan/cronies would have been in the US.

Rapunzal Tue, 10/24/2017 - 06:05 Permalink

China needs a war as badly as the US, the next world wide economic collapse will be hard on the parasitic elites world wide. They need to send the hungry serf to the slaughterhouse before they wake up.

Infinite QE amadeus39 Tue, 10/24/2017 - 08:25 Permalink

Not wrong at all. 50 million people killed by the Bolshevik Maoists is an accomplishment? Killing off the descendants of a civilized society, putting the peasantry in charge and teaching them to kill the former `elite'? Then via their jewish enablers, steal the IP of western countries, get admitted to the WTO and crash the world economy is progress? Man, all kidding aside, were you public school educated? Is this what they teach today?

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Radical Marijuana Infinite QE Tue, 10/24/2017 - 14:26 Permalink

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5M1KD7Dnq4s China and the New World OrderThe "prosperity" of China has the same basis as the rest of Globalized Neolithic Civilization: ability to strip-mine the natural resources of a fresh planet as fast as possible, thus turning those into garbage and pollution.No group has a monopoly on operating Civilization on the basis of the principles and methods of organized crime. Rather, factions of that Civilization end up acting according to the methods of organized crime in ways which may be independently developed in different times and places.Physical steam engines and social debt engines were developed at roughly the same places and times in human history, and those have been developing in tandem through series of industrial revolutions ever since. In that context, Chinese "modernization" has put the Chinese versions of debt engines into overdrive: making astonishing amounts of "money" out of nothing as debts in order to "pay" for participating in the strip-mining of planetary resources.While the Rothschilds became the preeminent of the group of international bankers which originally developed the now globalized systems of debt engines, that sophisticated kind of social slavery, whereby the powers of public governments enforce frauds to benefit private interests, does not necessarily depend upon any particular small groups, although it has necessarily ended up that particular small groups have dominated those systems.Although the available information, such as presented in that video I linked above, strongly indicates that the international bankers (often referred to by the short-hand label of "Rothschilds") had a strong, albeit mostly hidden, hand in the ways that both the Russian and then the Chinese "communist" revolutions developed, the underlying physical and social technologies are not necessarily limited to any small groups, neither internationally, nor nationally.In my view, the most relevant OVERVIEW is that natural selection was internalized as human intelligence, which was then applied to the most important selection pressures, which were other groups of people, which intelligence was therefore then applied through the history of warfare, whose successfulness was based upon backing up deceits with destruction, which became the basis for a globalized political economy based on enforcing frauds, i.e., the modernizing forms of debt engines "paying" for steam engines.China has become integrated into the OVERALL systems of globalized electronic monkey money frauds, backed by the threat of force from apes with atomic weapons. Chinese "prosperity" has the same precarious basis as everywhere else inside Globalized Neolithic Civilization. From the point of view of individuals alive today, and especially from the perspective of those who are now relatively old and rich, then the short to medium term abilities to keep the established systems going require continuing to strip-mine planetary resources at about exponentially increasing rate. Those who are younger and poorer have little influence upon that happening ...In the longer term, NOBODY KNOWS! In my opinion, the underlying prodigious progress in science and technologies can not be properly compared with anything in previous human history. Indeed, the only events in the previous evolution of life that appear comparable were those when photosynthesis was developed, which, in turn, drove the greatest revolutions on planet Earth.Human beings, as primates, became the primary focus of the development of intelligence which could become organized to animate previously inanimate energy sources, e.g., electronic and atomic energy, etc. ... which is what China had to embrace in the face of the Western world's developments of those abilities. However, at the present time, and for the foreseeable future, Globalized Neolithic Civilization is actually operating at about the level of complexity of a slime mold.China, the same as everywhere else, is a sociopolitical system based on being able to back up lies with violence, despite that being able to do so does not stop those lies from still being fundamentally false. China is "modernizing" in the sense of becoming increasingly psychotic, due to the ways that human beings, as primates, are acting like monkeys and apes who have recently harnessed electronic and atomic energy, etc., while those groups of human beings doing so deliberately ignore and misunderstand themselves as also being manifestations of general energy systems, because of the ways that those systems are actually based upon enforcing frauds.In recent times, China has surpassed the USA in the degree to which China is becoming about exponentially more fraudulent, in the senses of making "money" out of nothing as debts, in order to "pay" for what it was doing. The so-called "thought" of Xi now illustrates the behavior of the best available professional hypocrites, who dominate all the sociopolitical systems throughout Globalized Neolithic Civilization, which are all based on being able to successfully enforce frauds, where that success demands that such fraudulence not be publicly admitted and addressed.Chinese "modernization" is an increasingly important facet of the ways that what are still basically monkeys and apes now can use technologies which are trillions of times more powerful and capable than ever before in human history, while, at the same time, there is no genuine progress in political science. The primary paradox of the dominate primates is the degree to which they deliberately ignore and misunderstand themselves, due to their history of warfare and economics becoming more socially successful by becoming more deceitful and fraudulent.The actual tests for whether human activities proceed along any path of possible development are the covert tests of the death control systems, in which the murder systems are the most extreme forms. Since Civilization necessarily operates according to the methods of organized crime, because Civilization is necessarily directed by its murder systems (which back up its money systems), and since necessary corollaries to that are the ways that such Civilization becomes as dishonest about itself as possible, that is actually what Xi's "thought" presents.Of course, that "thought" is quite similar to other "thoughts" entertained by other dominate organized crime gangs around the world, and during history, such as by the Rothschilds, etc.. The intensifying paradoxes that China demonstrates are similar to those everywhere, for universal reasons. Warfare was the oldest and best developed forms of social science and engineering, whose social successfulness was based on deceits and treacheries. Upon that basis was made and maintained the dominate political economy, which has become a globalized empire of debt finance, which is being enabled by about exponentially advancing technologies to become about exponentially more fraudulent.The essence of the sets of consistent contradictions of China are the growing Grand Canyon Chasms between better understanding of general energy systems, except NOT better understanding of human beings as energy systems. Since Globalized Neolithic Civilization is actually based upon being able to enforce frauds, its social successfulness actually depends upon deliberately ignoring and misunderstanding doing so as much as is humanly possible.Although the laws of nature are NOT going to stop working, those laws of nature have driven Civilization to become as dishonest about itself as possible. Indeed, China, along with the rest of the world, is actually becoming about exponentially more dishonest. My current conclusions are that there is nothing which is practically possible which can either effectively prevent or prepare for that tragic trajectory to play through ... Globalized Neolithic Civilization is headed toward series of psychotic breakdowns, and crazy collapses into chaos, because its mechanisms are based on being able to enforce frauds, in ways which selects for "leaders" such as Xi to have the kinds of "thoughts" which the best professional liars and immaculate hypocrites "think."Of course, for those people who are now relatively older and richer, then the established systems may well continue to "work" for them, despite that those are NOT "working" in any better longer term ways, due to how those systems "worked" all too well in the past. The deepening dilemmas facing China, and the rest of Globalized Neolithic Civilization, are the ways that better and better understanding of how energy "works" is deliberately not being emulated by better understanding of how Civilization "works."Civilization has been driven by natural selection pressures to develop artificial selection systems which became as dishonest as possible, which included the ways that it is politically impossible to adequately admit and address having done so in any publicly significant ways. What is actually happening, more and more, in every way, every day, is that we are living inside Wonderland Matrix Bizarro Worlds, where everything is publicly presented in the most absurdly backward ways possible.At the same time as Civilization better and better understands various energy systems, and so, is able to apply better and better technologies to use that energy, Civilization continues to deliberately ignore and misunderstand itself as energy systems, integrated into the surrounding energy systems, as much as humanly possible. In that context, China is apparently "modernizing," and so, seems more "prosperous," by copying and endeavouring to exceed what Western Civilization did, such as developing steam engines, and debt engines, etc., which has become harnessing atomic power, to back up utilizing electronics to execute automated frauds.The most important historical events were those whereby physical sciences went through series of intellectual scientific revolutions and profound paradigm shifts, which enabled the series of industrial revolutions to occur. However, so far, nothing remotely close to those kinds of profound paradigm shifts have been allowed to occur in political science. Rather, the most socially successful "thoughts" of people like Xi are superlative expressions of professional hypocrisy covering over what are actually economic developments based on being able to enforce frauds, despite that doing so has enabled those developments to become exponentially more fraudulent.THOUGHTS which would be able to better comprehend and cope with globalized electronic monkey money frauds, backed by the threat of force from apes with atomic bombs, are NOT socially successful at the present time, NOR could those become so in the foreseeable future, because it is barely possible to exaggerate the degree to which people living inside Globalized Neolithic Civilization have been able to develop ways to lie to each other, as well as then lie to themselves.Thus, the gibberish of a professional hypocrite:  

‘Xi Jinping thought on socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era’

"Socialism with Chinese characteristics" is the current Chinese expression of the principles and methods of organized crime, whose most important forms are making ever more "money" out of nothing as debts, in order to "pay" for everything. The social successfulness of doing so demands that almost everyone deliberately ignore and misunderstand the laws of nature "working through" human beings, in the most absurdly backward ways possible, while that is almost universally taken for granted.

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Infinite QE Tue, 10/24/2017 - 06:11 Permalink

While still genuflecting at the altar of Rothschild. Modern China; the perfect zionist creation. A populace stripped of its humanity via the horrors of the comically named Cultural Revolution. Having it replaced with the soulless pursuit of shekels and a hatred of one another. The zionist plan is nearing completion. 

WTFUD mily Tue, 10/24/2017 - 06:32 Permalink

Probably hundreds of predators called the subprime crisis but only a few like Kyle got lucky with the timing. One Statement, a day in the heady world of Central Banking could turn shit into shinola. If your livelihood is dependent on Sovereign Failures, Soros, Goldman, Blackstone, JPM are other vultures, then maybe Meester Bass would consider Investing some of the gains from the fallout, in say, a Chinese Orphanage or two.

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Debugas Tue, 10/24/2017 - 06:14 Permalink

he trully deserves it - for finding the way to lead china from communism to capitalism without making the mistakes that russians did

Arnold Victor999 Tue, 10/24/2017 - 06:58 Permalink

Meh.
It is certain the Clintons did not get all the grease.
The Former Soviet was smart in this regard, in that they did not splash cash into the US, like the flush Japs and Chinks have done.

There was a certain amount of focus involved, and in keeping with the KGB tradition of severely underpaying their informants for information, they are cheap bastards.
Must be some Scottish blood in that clan.

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HillaryOdor A. Boaty Tue, 10/24/2017 - 09:22 Permalink

IP is just another state enforced abomination.  This is one of the (very few) things China does correctly.  Fuck IP laws.  I'm just sick of people bringing this up about China.  There are MANY reasons to criticize China.  We don't need to fall into the trap of accusing them of not following our laws.  We shouldn't follow our laws.  Our laws are garbage.

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WTFUD Tue, 10/24/2017 - 06:18 Permalink

All of these 'think tanks', 'foundations' and 'study groups', SUBSETS of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) shows us how entrenched/embedded these Neocon Sociopaths really are.

As well as the Soros ilk private initiatives/funding scheme-scams ( he get's it all back through targeted Pork ear-marked in western Government Budget Largesses ) you can be sure that Joe Public is financing these Covert/Clandestine Operators. Perverse Really!

shovelhead WTFUD Tue, 10/24/2017 - 09:07 Permalink

The CFR is just the public face of the "Trial Balloon Floating" Division of the Shadow Boys.Write up some plausible sounding "policy papers" by eminent scholars for some stupid Empire plans to gauge public reaction."Can we get away with it without getting our tits caught in a wringer? What about the Russians and China? What could go wrong?"Better pump up that Freedom and Democracy angle some more.""Get the NY Times to gin up a new outrage and get the networks to push it."Life at the top ain't easy, always a lot of busywork. 

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buzzsaw99 Tue, 10/24/2017 - 06:48 Permalink

if widespread suffering and boundless bullshit with ruthless oppression are the measures of great chinese leaders then mao and xi both certainly had/have that.  from what i read at the time mao swam a river of bullshit with a thousand flowers clenched between his rotten teeth.