Xi Jinping’s Third Term Is a ‘New Beginning’

Op-Ed: In China, Xi Jinping is getting an unprecedented third term. What should the world expect? As the Chinese Communist Party prepares to celebrate Xi Jinping’s third five-year term as general secretary on September…

Xi Jinping’s Third Term Is a ‘New Beginning’

Op-Ed: In China, Xi Jinping is getting an unprecedented third term. What should the world expect?

As the Chinese Communist Party prepares to celebrate Xi Jinping’s third five-year term as general secretary on September 4, the world’s most powerful country is on the verge of a decisive transformation. The country is changing beyond recognition.

In the wake of the June 4 party congress — China’s last traditional leadership forum — Chinese leaders have made an astonishingly bold move: They have moved from a state that was once synonymous with authoritarianism, which for at least half a century under Mao Zedong remained the country’s greatest strength, to a leader who has long since abandoned the politics of the state-first era. Xi is not only abandoning that era’s politics, he is also abandoning the political methods that made the era possible.

By abandoning the system of centralized control in favor of a more market-oriented and market-driven system of governance, and by moving towards a more open and pluralistic society based on individual rights, Xi Jinping is leaving a vacuum in an already-changing world that will test his successors for decades to come.

Xi Jinping’s Third Term Is a ‘New Beginning’

In his own remarks after the party congress, Xi called for a ‘complete overhaul and thorough reform’ of the party.

Xi said that the Chinese Communist Party’s founding principles no longer represent the party’s core interests, and that it cannot achieve its purposes by relying on the methods of the past.

The Chinese Communist Party’s founding principles no longer represent the party’s core interests, and it cannot achieve its purposes by relying on the methods of the past.

By contrast, in his own remarks, he also declared that the Chinese Communist Party must do everything necessary to ensure the ‘correct’ development of the party.

While Xi is not abandoning the role of leader of the party, he is rejecting the ideological dogma of the communist party

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