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China ruling party leaders pass historic Xi resolution


By AFP
Published : 11 Nov 2021 10:02 PM | Updated : 14 Nov 2021 11:50 AM

Top Communist Party leaders wrapped up a key meeting in Beijing by passing an important resolution on the country's past, state media said Thursday, which is expected to cement President Xi Jinping's power.

Xi, the uncontested leader of the world's most populous nation, headed a pivotal plenary of the ruling party's top figures since Monday in the Chinese capital.

 Some 350 members of the powerful Central Committee passed China's resolution on "Major Achievements and Historical Experience of the Party's Centennial Struggle".

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The lengthy declaration called for upholding "the correct view of party history", said official news agency Xinhua, adding that the party has "written the most magnificent epic in the history of the Chinese nation for thousands of years".

 "The Party Central Committee called on the entire party, the entire army and people of all ethnic groups to unite more closely around the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core, to fully implement Xi Jinping's new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics," the Xinhua readout stated.

This year's closed-door plenum paves the way for the 20th party congress next autumn, at which Xi is widely expected to be handed a third term in office, securing his position as China's most powerful leader since Mao Zedong.

The "thought" of Xi "is the epitome of Chinese culture and soul," the text reads, saying that his presence at the "heart" of the ruling party "is of decisive importance... to promote the historic process of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation".

Xi's tenure has been marked by a sprawling anti-corruption crackdown and an increasingly assertive approach to foreign relations.

State TV showed footage of Xi addressing delegates in the Great Hall of the People near Tiananmen Square, in front of red flags and the communist hammer and sickle.

Its evening news broadcast said Xi's communique was of "wide-ranging historical significance", and teased a forthcoming commentary titled "Winning even greater victory and glory in the new journey of the New Era" in the party's flagship newspaper.

The People's Daily commentary calls the resolution a "glorious Marxist programmatic document" and a "political manifesto" for Chinese communists, CCTV said.

The newspaper has published numerous front-page tributes to Xi's achievements in recent weeks.

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