Another road sign pointing to the futureSometimes in Chinese politics, small, seemingly mundane signs indicate major changes. Is this one?
China's Xi Anointed 'Core' Leader, on Par With Mao, Deng
China's Communist Party gave President Xi Jinping the title of "core" leader on Thursday, putting him on par with past strongmen like Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping, but it signaled his power would not be absolute...
The collective leadership system "must always be followed and should not be violated by any organization or individual under any circumstance or for any reason", it said.
But all party members should "closely unite around the Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core", said the document, released through state media.
The "core" leader title marks a significant strengthening of Xi's position ahead of a key party congress next year, at which a new Standing Committee, the pinnacle of power in China, will be constituted…
While head of the party, the military and the state, Xi had not previously been given the title "core".
Deng coined the phrase "core" leader. He said Mao, himself and Jiang Zemin were core leaders, meaning they had almost absolute authority and should not be questioned…
Xi's immediate predecessor, Hu Jintao, was never called the "core"…
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