Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Xi Jinping: it’s all under control?

Xi Jinping is now on a trip abroad at an extremely atypical period - on October 16, just a month later, the Congress of the Communist Party of China opens in Beijing, a key event for the PRC authorities. On it, Xi will break the old party tradition, which was that top posts can only be elected twice and for no more than 10 years. At the congress, he will retain for a third five-year term the position of General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, and next year he will be re-elected for a third term as Chairman of the PRC (president of the country).

A trip abroad at such a crucial period, according to Tokyo, is designed to demonstrate that Xi Jinping is doing great and stable, and that he does not expect any surprises when extending his powers for an essentially unlimited period. It is believed that the new composition of the entire party-state leadership of China has already been formed, in which the balance between the various forces in the CPC is carefully maintained under the leadership of President Xi.

Now, Xi Jinping has traveled abroad for the first time since January 2020, when he visited Myanmar. Since then, the PRC leader has not left China, which has been fighting the coronavirus all this time with varying success and heavy losses. Today, Xi Jinping arrived in Kazakhstan, where he is holding talks with President Tokayev. In the same country, Pope Francis is now at a meeting of religious leaders. Many are waiting for his meeting with the leader of China, where the Catholics do not have much fun.

Well, on September 15-16, Xi Jinping will move to the ancient Uzbek Samarkand, where the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization will be held. He is expected to meet with Vladimir Putin