How is the Constitution of the Communist Party of China changing
The dominance of Xi Jinping, who now seems poised for a historic third term in office, was further strengthened on Saturday as the Communist Party of China unanimously approved a number of constitutional reforms.
The Party Central Committee, which consists of around 200 top officials, and Xi’s elevated rank “in the Party as a whole” were both endorsed by China’s Communist Party.
The text states that all party members must “acquire a thorough grasp” of Xi’s unassailable position and put forth effort to maintain it.
Although the 69-year-old has traditionally been referred to as the party’s “core,” the resolution makes more frequent and reverent use of the phrase than the previous charter.
That might portend further strengthening of his unchecked authority at the head of the party and the government.
Many commentators were watching to see if the party will officially adopt the phrase “Xi Jinping Thought” as its foundational creed, elevating Xi to the same status as Mao Zedong, the country’s first leader.
Incorporated into the charter for the first time in 2017, the longer “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” contends that the party must exercise leadership in Chinese society while advancing socialism.internal discipline, additional reform, and national security.
The lengthy term of the philosophy was used in the resolution on Saturday, showing that it had not seen a major improvement in status.
The doctrine was praised, nonetheless, as “the Marxism of modern China and the twenty-first century.”
It “embodies the best Chinese culture and spirit of this century,” the resolution states.
According to the resolution, the party’s charter will now expressly state that it rejects Taiwanese independence.
The constitution will be amended to include clauses “on… firmly opposing and rejecting separatists promoting ‘Taiwan independence'”.
The party would “work continually to deepen the unity of all the Chinese people, especially compatriots… in Taiwan,” according to the party’s current charter, as part of efforts to bring about the “reunification of the motherland.”
Beijing has promised to someday annex self-governing Taiwan, using force if necessary, because it sees it as a part of its own territory.
When US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the island in the summer, tensions increased, forcing Beijing to conduct extensive military exercises.
Xi reaffirmed that China would never give up the possibility of using force to impose its rule on Taiwan during the congress’ opening ceremony.