China concludes party congress with more power for Xi

Elias Hubbard
October 24, 2017

If Xi's name is enshrined in the charter, his status will be more or less on par with that of founding father Mao Zedong or Deng Xiaoping, the country's architect of reform and opening-up policies.

The five-yearly congress, which opened on October 18, was held during the decisive stage when China is building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and at a critical moment as socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era.

The inclusion of Xi's name along with his guiding philosophy for the nation cements his place as the most powerful Chinese leader in decades and suggests he could remain its paramount leader throughout his lifetime.

Around 2,300 delegates to the 19th Party Congress on Tuesday morning began deliberations to appoint a new Central Committee, which replaces the 18th Central Committee which formally disbanded on Oct 14.

China's Communist Party has endorsed a second five-year term for President Xi Jinping at the end of its week-long conference held every five years.

The main political theories of Xi's two immediate predecessors, Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao, did not carry their names.

The Congress also chose a new Central Committee of 200-odd officials for Xi's second term, which will tomorrow choose the new 25-member Politburo and Standing Committee, the body which effectively rules China.

When he opened the gathering last week, Xi declared that China had entered a "new era" with the ambitious goal of becoming a "global leader" by mid-century.

Five new members will be elected to the seven-member Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

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