‘Xi’s third term is crucial’: CPI’s Dr Raja at start of latest session of Communist Party Congress

As the closing ceremony of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) begins on Saturday, Communist Party of India (CPI) General Secretary D. Raja said Chinese President Xi Jinping entering his third term is a landmark event at a time when imperialist forces are strengthening and warmongering has increased triggered by the US military presence, especially in the Indo-Pacific region.

“For what purpose did the United States establish a military presence in the Indo-Pacific region, the Korean peninsula? The rise of imperialist forces is a matter of concern for the world and the Russian-Ukrainian crisis is the biggest example of this,” he told THE WEEK.

If the CCP sends an invitation after the party congress, India’s leftist parties can comply. “We attended a meeting after the 19th party congress. We do not participate in the party congress, but once it is over, communist parties around the world can meet,” he said.

The World Communist Gatherings have aroused great interest in India’s left-wing parties. As Xi rises in power inside and outside China, communist parties around the world should rally behind him. “China has achieved its poverty reduction targets. It was a stated goal in its five-year plan. It has its internal problems (Hong Kong and Taiwan included), but Xi’s emphasis on redistributing wealth for common prosperity to end inequality is a model to appreciate,” Raja said.

Renmin Lingxiu (people’s leader), central leader, chairman of everything and a variety of titles have been bestowed on Jinping, but the most important ones, which he will hold again, are general secretary of the Communist Party of China central committee, chairman of China and chairman of the party’s central military commission.

The central committee’s roughly 200 voting members and 176 alternate (non-voting) members are expected to make Xi their leader by giving him a third term. The composition of the Politburo Standing Committee will likely become clear as soon as the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China enters its final stage on Oct. 23. The Great Hall of the People in Beijing will experience an unprecedented moment as Xi enters another decade of his rule, unlike any of his predecessors following the death of Chinese Communist Party founder Mao Zedong in 1976.

Witnessing it are the 2,296 delegates invited to the 20th CPC National Congress, but this time due to Covid protocols, few foreign invitations were sent. The CCP events are held after the party congress for foreign delegates where Indian leftist parties have participated in the past, the latest being the event after the 19th party congress. CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury and CPI leaders have virtually joined the CCP’s centenary celebrations in 2021.

Foreign guests at CCP events are mostly three groups of people: those who have a political affiliation with a communist party in their country and may or may not hold a post, those who hold a post in a communist party, and also those with which the United States Front Work Department has established a good relationship over the years. The third category is an evolving list as China continues to strengthen its influence operations around the world.

This time, foreign delegates wishing for a third term for Xi come from South Africa, Maldives, Barbados, Pakistan, Nepal, Bosnia, South Sudan, Seychelles, Serbia, Japan, Germany, Italy, Cambodia to name a few.

But those watching Xi’s rise most closely are Taiwan’s leaders – around 10 Taiwanese representatives were chosen for the 20th Party Congress, a similar number to the 19th Party Congress. These are people who have roots in Taiwan but later moved to mainland China, some have families still living in Taiwan and most of them travel between China and Taiwan with frequent exchanges between the two sides . This aspect will gain prominence during Xi’s third term as he wants to realize his dream of unification, which the Taiwanese government and its people have flatly rejected.

Xi’s third term will have many challenges to overcome – economic, military and diplomatic, as he also plans to build a Chinese economy independent of the United States, a daunting task given that the yuan and the dollar are linked and everything dreams to make the yuan an international currency is still a distant cry. Xi must deal with the economic crisis at home after the pandemic before looking outward.

The next task will be to build the Chinese military to the same level as the United States, because despite the technological push and modernization efforts, comparisons are difficult on many fronts since the United States also has a strategic advantage. and greater diplomatic reach.

Meanwhile, as the final day of the party congress approaches, aside from Xi’s ascension, all eyes are also on who will be in his new team – key positions to watch are the Chinese premier, as incumbent Li Keqiang could resign now or retire in March; his eventual successor Wang Yang, 67, chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, the main political advisory body and who could be the head of China’s legislature, the National People’s Congress. A likely candidate is Wang Huning, a close aide to Xi, for NPC chairman.

All eyes are also on those who might make it to the politburo standing committee – the likely ones are Shanghai party leader Li Qiang; Chen Miner, Chongqing party leader and considered a technocrat; and Ding Xuexiang, director of the general office of the central committee. Within the CMC, Xi himself will take the helm as the almighty leader.

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