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Analysis: Xi Jinping equals Mao – and could become a leader for life

It’s the first landmark decision in 40 years, and in the document, Xi Jinping praises everything from how he handled the pandemic to foreign policy and culture.

It has also been praised for reducing poverty and pollution, for fighting corruption.

The decision adopted by the Central Committee yesterday at the end of the Sixth Plenary Session is about the historical changes that China has undergone and how China should face the future.

The third time in history

This is the third time in the party’s history that a similar document has been adopted. In 1945, Mao Zedong needed to consolidate his position after an internal leadership struggle. In 1981, Deng Xiaoping’s reform and opening-up policies were consolidated, officially ending the Cultural Revolution; And now, when Xi Jinping is written in the history books as one of the great leaders and as the heart of the Communist Party.

New Shared Prosperity Concept

The manifesto describes how China has now reached the stage of socialist development where it is now ready for the next step in building common prosperity. A campaign that Xi launched this summer is now mentioned in all of his speeches. It is generally about reducing economic gaps and addressing demographic challenges by making it easier to have more children. The concept also includes an increased focus on shared values, that is, the values ​​of the Communist Party in everything from a description of history to a view of family life.

The ideas of a leader should permeate the entire society and be studied by everyone from six-year-olds to university level and government officials.

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patriotism flourishes

Under the leadership of Xi Jinping, nationalism and patriotism grew, among other things, a new widely used law was enacted making defamation of the country’s heroes and martyrs a criminal offense. A law used to imprison journalists and writers who criticize the regime.

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Xi Jinping is to be written in the history books, and political scientist Wu Qiang, one of the few openly critical of the Chinese leadership, describes the whole thing as a process of self-assertion. Photo: Ronald Verhoeven / SVT / Andy Wong / AP / TT