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Twentieth National Congress Of The Communist Party of China

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Twentieth National Congress Of The Communist Party of China

After the recently held Congress of the party, President Xi Jinping has, contrary to popular perception, has emerged more powerful, after winning the election a record third time

Decked Up for the Occasion: A Chinese primary schoool holds a welcome event for the 20th Congress
Decked Up for the Occasion: A Chinese primary schoool holds a welcome event for the 20th Congress Photo: Getty Images

The ‘politics’ of the 20th Party Congress has been settled in a manner of speaking and a kind of calm appears to be returning to China-watching the world over. Departing from the conventions of tenure and succession in place since the turn of the century, the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) accorded a third five-year term to General Secretary Xi Jinping who, as expected, established his dominance and primacy in the CPC.

The surprise, generally remarked, was that there were no surprises but, ironically enough, the new set of leaders did take many crystal ball gazers by surprise and only served to enhance the sense of uncertainty that acknowledged experts have about this “black box” of Chinese elite politics. This is strongly reflected in comparisons of Xi Jinping’s leadership tactics with that of Mao’s or in explaining how ‘factions’ operate in the CPC.

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