China’s National People’s Congress has appointed Xi Jinping to a third term as China’s president, in a move that gives him unprecedented absolute power in the country. The 3,000 delegates present at the National People’s Congress voted in favor of extending Xi Jinping’s term, ratifying his dominance over the three arms of power: the state, the party, and the army. Jinping’s new mandate comes in a context of growing rivalry with the United States, the threat of conflict with Taiwan, and the need to revive the economy after three years of isolation due to the zero COVID-19 policy and the real estate bubble.
To meet these challenges, Xi Jinping has surrounded himself with a trusted team that will be held accountable to achieve the goals of technological self-sufficiency, common prosperity, and the reunification of Taiwan. In addition, Xi Jinping will face growing tension with the United States as China seeks to convince the world that its development model can surpass that of the United States. His third term in office raises suspicions among those who predict a worsening of civil and political rights due to the concentration of power around him.
Jinping joined the CCP at the age of 22 and began building his own network of loyalists in the country’s coastal provinces until he was appointed governor of Fujian province and CCP secretary in Fujian and Shanghai. In 2012, he became general secretary of the Communist Party and, the following year, president of the country, under a promise to fight corruption.
His mandate was inaugurated after the country faced unusual protests over the zero “COVID-19” policy that conditioned life in the country.
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