Xi seeks to secure the support of top party leadership as he prepares for an unprecedented third term.
Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to further consolidate his leadership at a key meeting of the Communist Party’s Central Committee this week amid a flurry of flattering state media publicity.
The Central Committee consists of more than 300 of the party’s top leaders, which include provincial governors and party secretaries as well as financial and military elites.
The Beijing summit, which runs until Thursday, is expected to further pave the way for Xi to secure an unprecedented third term at next year’s Party Congress, one of China’s most important political meetings, held once every five years.
While the National People’s Congress has removed term restrictions in 2018, enabling Xi to rule China indefinitely, he needs the approval of top party leaders, says Tai Wei Lim, a research fellow deputy at the National University of Singapore’s East Asian Institute .
“[Xi] “requires the legitimacy of leading members of the party for an unprecedented additional term, especially when it does not normatively follow a term limitation convention – convention, not law – in the post-Mao era,” Lim told Al Jazeera.
Xi’s aspirations appear to be taking a place among China’s leading Communist leaders, including Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping, who led China through its political and economic reopening in the late 1970s and 80s.
As the child of one of the party’s founding members and the country’s political elite, Xi is known as a “prince” and since taking office in 2013, he has acquired a personality cult that has not been seen since Mao was in power. .
Earlier this year, the party had its centenary and the forthcoming Central Committee is expected to adopt a “historic resolution” reviewing its achievements over the past 100 years, according to Xinhua News Agency. The text will also maintain Xi’s “core position” within the party, it said.
The party’s public relations blitz around Xi comes as China faces its internal struggle with a revival of COVID-19 cases, an ongoing energy crisis and a shaky real estate sector saddled in debt.
A series of pro-Xi articles published by Chinese state media also included a 5,000-word English profile of the president, describing him as “a man of determination and action, a man of deep thought and feelings, a man who has inherited a legacy but dares to innovate, and a man who has forward-looking vision and is committed to working tirelessly ”.
Xi published a monograph of 50 discourses on his leadership of China, according to Xinhua, in a follow-up to “Xi Jinping Thought”Which is enshrined in the constitution and now school curricula.
The text “establishes Xi as a nuclear leader and is considered by many to be the most powerful leader since Mao”, Lim said, adding that it was “written from the perspective of China as a self-assured superpower under a strongman”.