The Chinese Communist Party on Saturday passed a resolution acknowledging the achievements made by President Xi Jinping. It was the most important resolution ever made by the party, state-run media reported.
The crescendo of official celebration for Xi is on display as China gears up for elections in March for regional and local assemblies, a congress of the top cadres and the country’s annual national meeting of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, or CPPCC.
For the first time since the founding of the Communist Party, the parallel list of achievements under Xi in all ministries, offices and initiatives makes public the full impact of his day-to-day rule.
The resolution names “supervision over governance” and “corruption control” — reforms that have been crucial to transforming the party into an effective in-house watchdog. The reform of the governing personnel system and putting the leadership into a one-day function at the National People’s Congress were also highlighted.
The resolution congratulates Xi on fulfilling all the goals set out in the Six Comprehensives formulated by him in October 2015 and says that he has not only fostered a revolutionary culture but also promoted positive thinking and promoted a Chinese culture of unity.
“Xi Jinping has prioritized party unity, creating a dynamic party at the top and energetically raising party organization,” the statement read.
The document gives Xi credit for transforming the party’s position into the leading actor in Chinese politics, winning two terms of absolute political authority and elevating himself to “core” leader of the party.
“Xi has undertaken the birth of the new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics, striving hard to reestablish the culture of revolution at all levels, bringing the party into the peoples’ heart,” the resolution said.
The resolution also praised Xi for “executing a strategy for the transformation of the political organs of the party into servants of the people.”
While there is no separate resolution specifically naming Xi for the title “core” leader — seen as another sign of him building his political empire — he took up the mantle after leading the meeting of the Standing Committee of the Politburo to hold a high-level session this month.
Among his other achievements in the resolution were improving Chinese universities and increasing investment in food and nutrition security in rural areas.
Since coming to power, Xi has overseen the restructuring of the financial system to more effectively promote the idea of a “strong currency” as well as the strengthening of social security in urban areas and rural areas.
Xi also declared last September that the death of Mao Zedong is a “core” event of the party and guided it to adopt a radical political reform plan for the next five years.
A resolution naming Xi as a core also marks China’s domestic politics, putting the leader on par with previous revolutionaries and state founders. Mao, Deng Xiaoping and Jiang Zemin were also named as a “core” leader.
Chinese leaders like to call things like “core issues” and show their control over them.
The quote that the People’s Daily news agency used for the resolution’s English translation was derived from Mao Zedong’s “Tiananmen Square” speech in 1975.