China’s Xi Jinping cements his status with historic resolution

China's Xi Jinping cements his status with historic resolution
As only the third leader to have issued such a report, the move establishes Xi's status as an equal to party founder Mao Zedong and his successor Deng Xiaoping. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: The Communist Party on China has passed a “historical resolution”, cementing President Xi Jinping’s status in political history.

The document, a summary of the Chinese Communist party’s 100-year history, addresses its key achievements and future directions.

It is only the third document of its kind since the founding of the party – the first was passed by Mao Zedong in 1945 and the second by Deng Xiaoping in 1981.

The “historical resolution” passed on Thursday at the sixth plenary session, one of China’s most important political meetings.

As only the third Chinese leader to have issued such a resolution, the resolution aims to establish Xi Jinping as an equal to party founder Mao and his successor Deng.

At a press conference on Friday, senior party official Qu Qingshan said: “Just like the previous two resolutions, [this resolution] will play an important role in helping to unite the theory, will and action of the party – to achieve future progress and in realising the second centenary goal and the great Chinese dream of rejuvenation.”

The Chinese Communist Party has previously set two centenary goals: that China would become a “moderately prosperous” society by 2021, and the second, that it would be a “fully developed, rich, and powerful” nation by 2049.

Some experts see the resolution – conducted from the four-day closed door session – as President Xi’s latest attempt to turn back decades of decentralisation by Chinese leaders that began under Deng and continued through other leaders like Jiang Zemin – a sign that China might be moving back to a so-called cult of personality.

The session gathered more than 370 full and alternate members of the party’s 19th Central Committee – the country’s top leadership.

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