Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Xi secures Third term, tightens grip over China

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According to the media agency, Xi Jinping intends to repair the ruptured ties with Europe brought on by Beijing’s treatment of Uyghurs in Xinjiang.

It will be interesting to see how Xi Jinping interacts with US President Joe Biden to discuss relations between the two countries during the G-20 summit in Bali given that the Chinese leader has already changed the composition of the politburo for the new term and has tightened his control over the nation. It is anticipated that more rigid policies regarding the economy, international relations, human rights, and public dissent will be implemented following Chinese premier Xi Jinping’s reelection as the General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the head of state for the next five years.

According to media reports, Xi wrote to the National Committee on US-China Relations last Wednesday to express China’s willingness to cooperate with the US in finding a solution to their differences. Biden responded with his congratulations.

The G-20 summit’s face-to-face meeting between Xi and the US President will be of particular interest because the two leaders have only spoken on the phone since Biden assumed the White House job.

In addition, after winning a third term, Xi’s diplomacy is also observed with the neighbouring countries as, on Monday, he hosted Nguyen Phu Trong, the head of the Communist Party of Vietnam, in Beijing for a meeting.

Notably, there is a territorial dispute between the two nations in the South China Sea.

Meanwhile, the soon-to-be top diplomat Wang Yi of China spoke on the phone with Antony Blinken of the US on Monday (local time) to discuss the need to keep channels of communication open and responsibly manage the Sino-American relationship, according to a readout from the US State Department cited by the media agency.

Having won a third term, Xi has eclipsed Mao Zedong, known as the “red sun,” as the greatest leader of China. However, Voices Against Autocracy warned that if Xi develops more confidence, we might see a world much worse than the one Mao forged.

It portends a future where Xi will be free to behave whatever he pleases, regardless of how it may affect the nation and the rest of the globe because no one in the Chinese political elite will be able to stop him.

Under Xi’s leadership, the focus on security has increased significantly as he struggles to preserve his political relevance in the face of sluggish economic development and escalating geopolitical conflict with the West. The current upsurge in internal demonstrations by Chinese citizens against the system over a variety of topics, including the harsh lockdown-led zero-COVID plan and economic woes, is another development that has been added to this.

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