Chinese government anchors Xi Jinping's special status

21:58, 11 November 2021
Chinese government anchors Xi Jinping's special status Photo: Yao Dawei/Xinhua/Global Look Press

The PCR’s leader has received the same rank as Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping.

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has adopted a "historical resolution" which gave General Secretary Xi Jinping an exceptional status in the PCR’s political history.

The decision was made on Thursday at a plenary session of the party. Almost 400 members of China’s 19th Central Committee have approved the resolution without surprise.

The document represents a summary of the party's 100-year history of the CCP, enumerating its achievements and establishing the future direction of development.

The move comes ahead of the national congress next year when Xi Jinping is expected to be reelected and serve the third term as the PCR’s head.

In 2018 the government annulled the law which limits the possible presidency by two terms which means that Xi can be China’s President till his death.

Xi has become the third Chinese leader to get the “legendary” status after the founding father of the People's Republic of China Mao Zedong who received the honor in 1945 and Deng Xiaoping in 1981.

Mao’s resolution helped him cement his leadership which resulted in the creation of the People's Republic of China in four years later. Deng, on the other hand, sought to destroy Mao’s heritage, particularly the mistakes of the Cultural Revolution, and carry out economic reforms.

The announcement appears shortly after the news that Xi will hold an online conference with US President Joe Biden on November 15.