President Xi Jinping’s Coronation Ceremony Begins with Full-scale Chinese Communist Party Congress | CNN

Hong Kong CNN — The anticipated coronation of Chinese supreme leader Xi Jinping has officially begun as the ruling Communist Party convene a week-long meeting to celebrate the first decade of rule and usher in a new era of dictatorship. With heightened security, tightened zero-corona restrictions, and a frenzy of propaganda and censorship, the party kicks off its most important national convention in decades in Beijing on Sunday morning. At the 20th Party Congress that came to power in 2012, Xi Jinping secured a third term as party general secretary, breaking recent precedents and paving the way for a potential lifelong reign. The anticipated anointing will solidify the 69-year-old’s status as the most powerful Chinese leader since the late Mao Zedong, who ruled China until his death at the age of 82. As Xi Jinping doubles his dogmatic attitude, it will also have a profound impact on the world. Foreign policy aimed at strengthening China’s international influence and rewriting the US-led world order. In the heart of the Chinese capital, around 2,300 party representatives from all over the country gathered at the Great Hall of the People for a highly structured event. They wear masks and neatly line up waiting for Xi Jinping to release a lengthy work report that evaluates the party’s performance over the past five years and outlines policy priorities for the next five years. Observers will closely monitor any signs of the party’s policy direction in relation to the stated goals of an uncompromising zero-COVID-19 policy, addressing steep economic challenges, and “unification” with Taiwan. never been in control. 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. Ahead of Congress, officials across China have tightened restrictions significantly to prevent minor outbreaks of Covid-19 and have implemented full-scale lockdowns and increasingly frequent large-scale COVID-19 tests on a small number of cases. 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”. “China’s measures against COVID-19 have dramatically lowered the infection and death rate in China, and made it possible for the economy and society to operate continuously and stably,” said Sun Ye-li, Party spokesperson, at a press conference on the eve of the national convention on the 11th. “All things considered, China’s epidemic prevention measures are the most economical and effective,” said Sun. “Our prevention and control strategies and actions will be more scientific, accurate and effective,” he said. “We firmly believe that the dawn has come and persistence is victory.”

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