Letzte Aktualisierung: September 12, 2022

CP Congresses: From consensus to the era of Xi

A long time ago: Xi's first day as party leader in 2012 – at the time he was considered a man with a limited power base
The party congresses of China's Communists are a forum for socialist grandeur, the forcing through of ideologies. In recent decades, they also stood for an orderly transfer of power. That no longer applies. At the upcoming 20th CP Congress, President Xi Jinping will be elected Chairman for another five years.
Ten years ago in November, seven men stepped before the journalists gathered in the Great Hall of the People: The new Standing Committee of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China, led by Xi Jinping - followed by the current Premier Li Keqiang and five other members. It was the end of the 18th CP Congress. For a decade, these men would form the highest circle of power, the expectation. After five years, a crown prince would move up to the committee in 2017, to succeed Xi in 2022. Xi, 59 at the time, was considered relatively inexperienced; his power base limited – especially because Li Keqiang was at his side, a protégé of Xi's immediate predecessor Hu Jintao, who was considered comparatively reform-minded.
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