The China’s rubber-stamp Parliament “reelected” Chinese President Xi Jinping for second five-year tenure on Saturday, 17 March. Completing the two-term rule for the president, he paved the way for his lifelong tenure.
He has also been elected as the head of the powerful Central Military Commission. He is the overall high command of the Chinese military.
Xi Jinping is a Chinese politician currently serving as General Secretary of the Communist Party of China.
He is also the president of the People’s Republic of China, and Chairman of the Central Military Commission.
Xi Jinping has brought more levers of power under his control. He is moving methodically to erase the distinction between the Communist Party and the state.
Originally Xi is set to retire by 2023 as head of the CPC. This military and presidency have a two-term limit followed by his predecessors. He became president in 2013.
Wang is a senior leader of the Communist Party of China. He is best known for his term between 2012 and 2017. He was the Secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.
Wang is also a member of the Politburo Standing Committee and party’s anti-corruption body. He was instrumental in carrying out General Secretary Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign since 2013.
Wang is the most feared official in China. He carried out the anti-corruption campaign for the past five years initiated by Xi.
In this over 1.5 million officials, including over 100 ministers and top generals, were punished. It made it the biggest clampdown in China’s recent history.
NPC decisions for Wang
The NPC is expected to elect Xi’s close Wang Qishan as vice president forming a new government under Xi.
On 11 March, over 2,900 deputies of the NPC voted for the Constitutional amendment. It was to remove the two-term limit for president and vice president. The ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) proposed it.
This two-term limit was adopted by the party after Mao’s death which ensures collective leadership to avert mistakes. It was the dreaded Cultural Revolution in which millions were killed.
The new set of officials included the entire Cabinet and governor of the Central Bank except for Premier Li Keqiang.
For the new line-up of officials, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi was expected to be elevated to be State Councillor. It made him the top diplomat of the country.
The elevation will entail him to become China’s Special Representative for India-China boundary talks. The post is currently held by Yang Jiechi. He has been elevated to the politburo, the top policy body of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC).
The line-up of the new government will be announced on Saturday, 17 March, the South China Morning Post reported.
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