In a significant move ahead of crucial 19th National Congress (NC) of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the outgoing central committee has included President Xi Jinping’s thoughts and strategy on governance in CPC Constitution. With this Xi has become the third leader to be included by name in the CPC Constitution after Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. Former presidents Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao’s political philosophies were also included in the constitution, ‘Thought of Three Represents’ and ‘The Scientific Outlook on Development’, but without being named.
The once-in-a-five-year Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), which will begin in Beijing from October 18, was expected to confirm a second five-year term of Xi in line with the convention of two terms for the top leaders, followed by the party since 2002, after which they retire. Apart from this, the CPC also made an amendment to its constitution to expel 12 senior party officials on charges of corruption.
The amendment was approved on the last day of the 18th CPC Central Committee plenary that closed Saturday along with the expulsion of 12 CPC leaders including Sun Zhengcai, former secretary of the CPC Chongqing Municipal Committee — a powerful party post. The remaining 11 party leaders were all elected to the central committee in 2012.
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Xi was first elected as the General Secretary of the CPC during the 18th Congress and President of the country, later firmed up his power base after the outgoing leader Hu handed over the coveted position of head of the military to Xi. It is perhaps for the first time in 15 years, a Chinese leader will begin his second term after being in power for five years, heading all the three power centres, according to PTI report.