In an attempt to consolidate his position at the Party’s peak, China’s President has elaborated his own political ideology.
October 20, 2017 – BBC
Top officials have made multiple mentions of “Xi Jinping Thought” at the Communist Party Congress.The party is widely expected to rewrite its constitution to enshrine this theory before congress ends next week.
The move would elevate him to the level of previous leaders Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping.
Correspondents say it would signal Mr Xi’s enormous authority within the party, and make it virtually impossible for others to challenge him.
Mr Xi opened the Communist Party congress – which determines who rules China and the country’s direction for the next term in a three hour speech on Wednesday.
On Thursday, numerous senior party officials praised “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era” in state media reports, and said it was “the latest achievement in adapting Marxism to the Chinese context”.
Previous Chinese leaders have come up with their own political ideologies which have been incorporated into the party’s constitution or thinking. How these ideologies are named reflects on the leaders’ importance in the party.
None, besides party founder Mao Zedong, have had their ideology described as “thought”, which is at the top of the hierarchy, and only Mao and Deng Xiaoping have had their names attached to their ideologies.