In an op-ed in the Washington Times, Jianli, founder and chairman of Citizen Power Initiatives for China, said Xi’s Chinese Communist Party’s Centennial speech emphasized that he was ready to lead the CCP into the second centenary.
The second centenary is in 2049. It will mark the centenary of the formation of the People’s Republic of China.
In his July 1 speech, Jianli said that Xi admitted the centrality of the CCP’s undisputed position in his plans for the party’s march toward the next goal on the calendar.
“The march will be in phases as Xi shifts the focus from consolidation of power to innovation of power. The next phase will begin during the 20th CCP National Congress in October-November 2022, and the next will lead to the 21st Congress. in 2027. A decade is a small lapse in China’s understanding of time and space, “Jianli noted.
The CCP’s centennial celebration comes at a time when the world has come to realize its ruthless actions in Hong Kong, Tibet, and its criminal treatment of the Uyghur Muslim Turkish minority in Xinjiang, calling it genocide.
Internally, China’s economy has faced unprecedented challenges and a stream of unrest has emerged due to rampant unemployment, Jianli noted.
Xi’s “new journey” depends on one principle: “We must uphold the Party’s strong leadership. Without the Communist Party of China, there would be no new China and no national rejuvenation,” Jianli said.
The emphasis in the speech was on the party, not politics, says Jianli. Xi did not dwell long on issues that disrupted his never-ending presidency, he added.
He kept his letters close to his heart as he reiterated well-known positions on Hong Kong and Macao: “We will ensure that the central government exercises overall jurisdiction over Hong Kong and Macao, and we will implement the legal systems and enforcement mechanisms for the two administrative regions. special measures to safeguard national security. ”
Jianli said that Xi, during his speech, did not refer to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) or its strategy for the Indian Ocean. The first is its spearhead program to extend the highway from China to Eurasia.
“As the XX Congress approaches, Mr. Xi is eager to ensure that no calamity, not even the coronavirus pandemic and its impact and global pushback, loosen his grip on the party and the party in the country. The CCP’s centennial speech underscores this goal, “he wrote.
“The president has to prepare both the CCP and the Politburo for the way forward after 2022. Between 2022-23, he needs to elevate some of his inner circle to the highest policy-making body, as well as certain positions. key in four, vital autonomous regions, “he added.