Kumbabhishekam was already more than expected and exceeded expectations. At the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of China, the Almighty President Xi Jinping secured an unprecedented third term – which guarantees him at least fifteen years in power, possibly extending to twenty – and established himself as an absolute leader. He wants to raise the largest and most influential power in the world. The next less predictable gesture, in the winner’s row, was, on top of that, delightful. On the stage of the Great Hall of the People — from where, in the middle of the congress, Hu Jintao was removed by security without any official explanation (the press spoke of sudden illness) — one point Xi introduced was the new Standing Committee members of the Politburo, the party’s highest body. And they are all chosen faithful companions. In addition to securing allies in the ruling circle, he personally supported those responsible for internal security, military commanders, ideologues and top technologists, laying the groundwork for China – preferably without an ounce of internal opposition – to build the military and technology it wanted. Under the inflexible control of the CCP. Xi is an uncompromising and authoritarian dictator and China is suffering the consequences of the economic impact imposed by the pandemic. Even so, in an apparent clash between East and West, Joe Biden — an unpopular president with little support in Congress — will have a big challenge ahead.
Posted in VEJA on November 2, 2022, Issue no. 2813
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