China’s president, Xi Jinping, on Sunday, 23rd October 2022, created history after he became the first leader of the Chinese Communist Party to get re-elected for an unparalleled third term in power. Only its founder Mao Zedong was able to do the same. Some people expect the 69-year-old president to remain in power for life.
The Chinese elected Xi Jinping as their president in 2013. In 2018, Xi ended two-term presidential limits. Chinese presidents have five-year terms. The Washington Post reports that Xi said that his election for the third term was an enormous and great undertaking. He said that the task’s enormity makes it great and glorious.
On Sunday, CNBC reported that Xi informed an audience that the Communist Party planned to begin a new journey to transform China into a modern socialist nation. The party also revealed that six other members had been elected to the Politburo Standing Committee, the nation’s governmental body. The members are Wang Huning, Zhao Leji, Li Qiang, Ding Xuexiang, Li Xi, and Cai Qi.
In the opinion of the Wall Street Journal, President Xi dominates politics in China in ways that no other leader apart from Mao Zedong did. A third term provides Xi with more leeway to achieve his most significant goal: a national rejuvenation that changes China into a global power and ensures the nation has enough armor to confront the West.
According to observers, Xi’s emergence as China’s most powerful leader and head of the military may be viewed with a sense of concern and unease as the one-party state appears to be a one-leader nation. Critics say that his awe and shock campaign helped him consolidate his hold on power.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin were among the leaders who congratulated Xi on his reelection.