China‘s ’two sessions‘ to end the period of collective leadership + to solidify Xi’s power

Mar 14, 2016, 08:00 am

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By Hong Soon-do, Beijing correspondent, AsiaToday - The 4th Session of the 12th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and the National People's Congress (NPC) will come to an end on March 15. While CPPCC Session ended on the 13th, NPC Session will end on the 15th.

According to the March 13th reports of Chinese state media outlets including People's Daily, this year's 'two sessions' were one of the most important ones ever. It can be clearly seen from the fact that these sessions virtually confirmed that 'Xiconomics' completely seized China's economic reins from Likonomics led by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. The sessions are even more important considering that the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020) was confirmed under Chinese President Xi Jinping for the first time.

The fact that the two sessions served to solidify China's willingness to achieve great-power and military-power status was also significant. This is not an exaggeration considering that Premier Li encouraged the country to achieve its "centenary dream" during the opening session of the National People's Congress on March 5. Besides, China raised this year's national defense budget up to 954 billion yuan ($146.5 billion), the largest amount ever appropriated by the country.

Chinese President Xi Jinping joins a group deliberation of deputies fromQinghai Province to the annual session of the National People's Congress inBeijing, China, March 10, 2016. Through this year's two sessions, Xi Jinpinghas completely strengthened his 'one-man-rule' system. / Source from XinhuaNews

But the most significant thing was that through this year's two sessions, President Xi Jinping showed to the world that he ended the period of collective leadership by the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party and solidified his 'one-man-rule system'. The Politburo Standing Committee members and even Premier Li Keqiang looked shaken up by Xi Jinping in front of them during the sessions.  

Moreover, the fact that some of the representatives or committee members of the two sessions were wearing a badge with Xi Jinping's picture on it, looked definitely uncommon in the digital era of the 21st century. To be honest, it looks like a case of idolatry. Besides, considering the fact that there weren't any mentions about Xi's successor, and that Chinese state media outlets such as People's Daily, Xinhua News Agency, and CCTV confirmed their determination to be loyal to the central party around the two sessions, it is not an exaggeration to mention about 'idolatry'. In other words, the era of emperor Xi has been completely settled.

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