President Xi Jinping announced on Wednesday that the 20th Congress of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) will be held in the second half of this year – a high-profile party event during which he is widely expected to be awarded an unprecedented third term. are supposed to. , Addressing the BRICS Business Forum via video link, Xi said the 20th National Congress of the CPC will be held in the second half of this year to outline China’s development in the next phase, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
Xi, who turns 69 on June 15, is widely expected to remain in power for a rare third term, perhaps for life, defying the 68-year retirement age rule followed by his predecessors . The official retirement age for Chinese leaders is 68 or two five-year terms.
Their number two leader, Premier Li Keqiang, who will turn 67 on July 1, has already announced retirement after completing his 10-year term this year. Described as the main leader of a party like the one founded by Mao Zedong, Xi, who leads the CPC, the powerful military and presidency, is widely expected to be supported by Congress once every five years.
The CPC Party Congress was due to take place in October, but based on Xi’s announcement on Wednesday, it is expected to take place any time soon. Xi’s third term was considered a foregone conclusion after China’s national legislature, the National People’s Congress (NPC), removed the two-term limit for president through a major constitutional amendment in 2018.
Since then, he was widely expected to remain in power for life as the party had already made him a prominent leader like Mao, who remained at the head of the party and country until his death in 1976. His predecessors Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao, two retired after five-year terms.
Since he took over leadership of the party in late 2012, Xi has increasingly consolidated his power with his massive anti-corruption campaign, which punished more than a million officials, including the powerful military and party officials. His main leader position also put an end to the collective leadership theory supported by Deng Xiaoping, who is regarded as China’s paramount leader in preventing the loss of the party’s one-leader dominance of the Mao era.
As Xi’s second term comes to an end, a crucial meeting of the CPC plenum last year cemented his special status with a landmark resolution at the party’s plenary meeting. The high-profile conclave adopted a historic resolution of the CPC’s major achievements over the past 100 years and, at the same time, cleared the decks for a record third term for Xi in 2022.
Xi, known as the ‘Princess’ because she was the son of former deputy prime minister Xi Zhongxun, who was persecuted by Mao for his liberal views, steadily rose through the ranks, under previous president Hu Jintao. Became vice president. While Xi had the image of a quiet leader in his previous postings, he transformed himself into one of the most ambitious and powerful leaders soon after taking over the leadership of the party in 2012, shortly thereafter as chairman of the Presidency and the Central Military Commission. (CMC), the overall high command of the two-million-strong Chinese military.
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