Behind closed doors, as is usual in this country, this Monday begins the Sixth Plenary Session of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, which is the main governing body of this political formation. With its more than 370 members gathered in Beijing, it is a important conclave that will further strengthen President Xi Jinping before the Party Congress to be held next year, in which he will remain in power.
These plenary sessions, of which seven are usually held in the five years that each mandate of a central committee lasts, mark the political compass of the regime and anticipate the direction that its laws and decisions will then take. Particularly important are the sixth plenary sessions like this one, since they serve to prepare the congresses of the Communist Party that will take place the following year. In 1981, the regime recognized the mistakes of the ‘father of the country’, Mao Zedong, during the ‘Cultural Revolution’ (1966-76) in a ‘historic resolution’ that confirmed openness to capitalism ordered by Deng Xiaoping after the death of the ‘Great Helmsman’. Previously, only Mao had sponsored another ‘historic resolution’, in 1945, to establish himself as the absolute leader of the Chinese Communist Party and marginalize his internal rivals.
For the sixth plenary session this week, which lasts until Thursday, Xi Jinping is expected to introduce a third ‘historic resolution’ on the Party’s “greatest achievements and experiences” in its 100-year life, which were held in July with great fanfare. and saucer. Although such a resolution will not be as ambitious as the previous ones or criticize his predecessors, it will further elevate Xi as the most powerful leader since Mao.
Within the cult of personality that it has fostered, official propaganda has in recent days redoubled its praise for Xi Jinping to some North Korean extremes. «This is a man of determination and action, a man of deep thoughts and feelings, a man who has inherited a legacy but dares to innovate, a man who has advanced vision and is committed to working tirelessly“The state news agency Xinhua glossed this weekend, with a photo of Xi Jinping raised his fist and wearing a ‘Mao suit’ on a lectern with a hammer and sickle. In one of his many eulogies, the ‘People’s Daily’, speaker of the regime, praised that the decision to erect Xi in the ‘core’ of power was “a blessing for the Party, the country, the people and the Chinese nation. ».
With this resolution, Xi Jinping will strengthen his leadership for the Communist Party Congress to be held in the autumn of next year. Although in this conclave he should leave office after completing his two five-year terms, as did his predecessors, Xi has reformed the statutes of the Party and the Constitution to perpetuate himself in power.
By eliminating his internal rivals with the anti-corruption purges that have affected 1.5 million officials and cadres, Xi Jinping has changed the collective dictatorship that characterized China to one of a personalist nature. To close ranks around the regime, it has spurred a nationalism increasingly at odds with the democracies of the West and, above all, the United States. This political separation, called ‘decoupling’ economically, It has become especially palpable with the coronavirus pandemic, which China has taken advantage of to close its borders while making it difficult to investigate its origin in Wuhan. With ‘Xi’s Thought’ introduced as a subject in schools and his ubiquitous image, the Sixth Plenary of the XIX Central Committee is preparing to elevate him even higher as the most authoritarian leader since Mao.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism