Leaders of China’s ruling Communist Party passed a resolution on Thursday lauding President Xi Jinping’s philosophy as the “essence of Chinese culture,” consolidating his power and clearing the path for him to remain in office through at least 2027.
The so-called “historical resolution” — the first in 40 years — was issued at the conclusion of a four-day meeting of party leaders in Beijing and declared that “the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation has entered an irreversible historical process” under Xi’s rule.
The announcement raises Xi to the level of Chinese Communist Party founder Mao Zedong and former CCP leader Deng Xiaoping, who were lauded by similar resolutions passed in 1945 and 1981, respectively.
The resolution is widely seen as a green light for Xi, 68, to pursue another five-year term as CCP general secretary next year. Xi has held the post since 2012 and term limits were removed in 2018.
Last month, China sent fighter jets into Taiwanese airspace and Xi called for the “peaceful reunification” of the island nation with the mainland.
The Pentagon said in a report released last week that China under Xi has pledged to transform the People’s Liberation Army into a “world class” military by 2049.
“The PRC is increasingly clear in its ambitions and intentions. Beijing seeks to reshape the international order to better align with its authoritarian system and national interests, as a vital component of its strategy to achieve the ’great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation,’” the report, which is given to Congress annually, said, referring to China by its formal name, the People’s Republic of China.
The report also noted that China has the world’s largest navy by number of frontline vessels and the country is expanding its nuclear weapons program more rapidly than predicted.
Beijing could have more than 1,000 deliverable nuclear warheads by 2030, the report said.
With Post wires