Xi Jinping Ascends in Power
While working against America from both inside and outside our borders, the CCP sees its leader, Xi Jinping, begin a third term in office. We must be constantly praying over this hostile nation.
From Bloomberg. Xi Jinping emerged from this month’s carefully orchestrated political pageant looking stronger than ever — third term secured, rivals sidelined and allies ascendant. …
Even as Xi, 69, was gathering party leaders for the congress in Beijing to complete his coronation, a lone protester was unfurling banners on a bridge in the capital in a rare show of defiance. The banners denounced Xi’s lockdown-dependent Covid Zero policy and urged elections, with the slogans proliferating in Chinese cities and around the world.
As the congress was drawing to a close, Xi’s predecessor Hu Jintao was escorted off stage, a dramatic episode that seemed to leave those present flummoxed. While the 79-year-old looked confused and state media said he was unwell, it called attention to the blow Xi had dealt to Hu’s legacy in the hall just moments before.
Several top officials removed were Hu acolytes, including one-time presidential contenders Premier Li Keqiang and Vice Premier Hu Chunhua. Moreover, the incident cast a spotlight on the issue of aging, with Hu Jintao the age Xi would be if he served out a fourth term.
The leadership shakeup shows China’s growing emphasis on ideology and loyalty over pragmatism. …
Charter addition | China enshrined its rejection of Taiwanese independence into the Communist Party’s constitution, as Xi ramps up military pressure on the self-ruled island. Delegates unanimously voted to insert language to “firmly oppose and contain Taiwanese independence,” and advance the “one country, two systems” model Beijing has proposed for Taiwan. The charter previously only called for the advancement of “reunification” with Taiwan. …
Well wishes | Russian President Vladimir Putin was quick to congratulate Xi on his new term, saying he looked forward to further developing a “comprehensive partnership and strategic interaction.” … Kim Jong Un also sent his congratulations, North Korean state media reported.
And finally … Xi had a clear message throughout the congress to those who want to thwart China’s rise: You will fail. In a speech on Oct. 16, Xi declared the “rejuvenation of the Chinese nation is now on an irreversible historical course.” It shows how Beijing is ready to stare down a growing challenge from the US under President Joe Biden, who has moved to hinder Beijing’s ability to access advanced technology and sought to deter any military action against Taiwan.
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(Excerpt from Bloomberg. Photo Credit: Getty Images)
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