China’s Xi Jinping Opens Party Congress with Taiwan, Hong Kong, Zero Corona Speech | CNN

Hong Kong CNN — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday pledged to lead China through a major challenge to national revival and advance a nationalist vision that is on the verge of conflict with the West. At the opening ceremony of the 20th Party Congress, Xi Jinping spoke with confidence, poised to secure a norm-breaking third term, emphasizing the growing power and influence of China during his first decade in office. But he also repeatedly highlighted the risks and challenges facing the country. President Xi described the past five years as “very unusual and unusual” and said that he has led China through “a tremendous and complex international situation” and “a series of great risks and challenges.” The first challenge that Xi Jinping enumerated was the COVID-19 pandemic, Hong Kong and Taiwan. He all claimed that China was out of victory. Xi said the Chinese government has “maximally protected the lives and health of the people” from the coronavirus, has transformed Hong Kong “from chaos to rule” and waged a “great struggle” against “independence forces” on the autonomous island of Taiwan. Governing Democracy Beijing claims to be its territory even though it has never controlled it. Wen-Ti Sung, a political scientist at the Australian National University’s Taiwan Studies program, said in a speech that Xi Jinping’s decision to report the Taiwan issue early was a departure from previous precedents and “demonstrates the urgent need for progress on the Taiwan issue. .” When Xi Jinping spoke about Taiwan again later in his speech, he received the largest and longest applause from nearly 2,300 handpicked delegates at the People’s Great Hall. He said China would “work for peaceful reunification,” but warned that “we will not promise to give up the use of force and reserve the right to take any necessary measures.” “The wheel of history is moving toward the unification of China and the revival of the Chinese nation. The complete reunification of the country must be realized.” President Xi said with thunderous applause. Xi also emphasized “a radical change in the international situation”. This is a subtle reference to the waning of tensions between China and the West, which have been increasingly strained by China’s tacit support for Moscow after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. He said that China “has taken a clear stand on hegemonism and power politics” and that it has “never wavered” in its opposition to unilateralism and “bullying”. Dismantling. Giving broad directions for the next five years, Xi said that China will focus on “high-quality education” and innovation to “regenerate growth” in its economy in crisis. In a commentary following China’s detrimental crackdown on the private sector and major tech companies, he said, “we will spur efforts to achieve greater self-reliance in science and technology.” Xi also pledged to spur efforts to turn the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) into a ‘world-class military’ and enhance the PLA’s ability to safeguard national sovereignty and build strategic deterrence. He also urged the PLA to strengthen training and improve its “win-win” skills. In Xi Jinping’s speech, the Chinese word “security” was mentioned about 50 times. He called national security “the foundation for the revival of the Chinese nation” and called for strengthening domestic and foreign military, economic, and “front” security. Another focus was on Marxism and ideology. “I don’t think the ideological climate will ease over the next five years,” said Victor Shih, an elite Chinese political expert at the University of California. Dali Yang, a political scientist at the University of Chicago, said the direction outlined in Xi’s work report is a continuation of previous policies. He said he justifies “the need for a strong party and great leaders” by emphasizing challenges and struggles. The week-long Congress kicked off on Sunday morning amid a frenzy of increased security, zero-corona restrictions, and propaganda and censorship. The party’s most important meeting in decades, the congress will solidify Xi Jinping’s status as China’s most powerful leader since the late Mao Zedong, who ruled China until his death at the age of 82. To strengthen China’s international influence and strengthen its active foreign policy to rewrite the US-led global order. Meetings are usually held privately throughout the week. The delegation will rubber stamp Xi Jinping’s work report and hold a ceremonial vote to approve changes to the party constitution when it reappears next Saturday at the end of the convention. Delegates will also elect a new Central Committee of the party, which will hold its first meeting the next day to appoint the party’s supreme leadership, the Politburo and the Standing Committee, according to decisions by the party leadership already behind the scenes before the congress. . The congress will be an important moment of political victory for Xi Jinping, but it also comes at a time of potential crisis. Xi Jinping’s insistence on an uncompromising, zero-coronavirus policy has fueled public frustration and hampered economic growth. Meanwhile, diplomatically, an “unlimited” friendship with Russian President Vladimir Putin has further strained China-Western relations after Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Here’s why Xi Jinping’s subtle gestures during his speech worries people: Ahead of the party convention, officials across China have tightened restrictions, imposed full-scale lockdowns on a small number of cases, and conducted increasingly frequent large-scale coronavirus tests to prevent minor outbreaks. However, infections caused by highly contagious omicron strains continue to skyrocket. On Saturday, China reported nearly 1,200 infections, including 14 in Beijing. Public outrage over a zero-coronavirus came to the fore in an unusually rare protest against President Xi in Beijing on Thursday. Photos online showed two banners being dismantled by police on a bustling overpass denouncing President Xi and his policies. “Say no to the Covid test and yes to the food. Lockdown is no, freedom is yes. No lies, dignity is. Against the Cultural Revolution, in favor of reform. No great leaders, yes votes. Don’t be a slave, be a citizen.” On the other side, there was a text saying, “Strike and get rid of the dictator and national traitor, Xi Jinping.” The Chinese public paid little attention to party congresses in the past. It has no say in China’s leadership reshuffle or major policymaking. But this year, many hoped Congress would be a turning point for China to ease its COVID-19 policy. But a series of articles in a recent party spokesperson suggest that it may be a hopeful idea. The People’s Daily welcomed COVID-19 zero as the “best choice” for the country, claiming that it is “sustainable and should be followed”. On Sunday, Xi Jinping advocated a highly controversial and economically damaging zero coronavirus policy. He said, “In response to the sudden Corona 19 situation, we put the people and lives first, and persistently pushed ahead with a dynamic zero-corona policy that spreads the popular front.” Alfred Wu, an associate professor at the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, said Xi Jinping’s remarks were a signal that “it is impossible for China to change its zero-coronavirus strategy in the near future.”

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