Xi Jinping Discussion At G20

Trudeau-Xi Jinping Heated Discussion At G20 Caught On Camera

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had a heated exchange of words during their conversation on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali on Wednesday with the Chinese leader complaining about the media reporting about their communication, according to a video of the meeting posted by a Canada-based journalist.

In the video, Xi is heard expressing his displeasure about talks between China and Canada being leaked to the Canadian Press. The two leaders had earlier met on Tuesday on the sidelines of the summit.
“The Cdn Pool cam captured a tough talk between Chinese President Xi & PM Trudeau at the G20 today. In it, Xi expressed his displeasure that everything discussed yesterday “has been leaked to the paper(s), that’s not appropriate… & that’s not the way the conversation was conducted,” Annie Bergeron-Oliver from the Canadian press CTV National News said in a tweet.

She posted the video along with her tweet.

Speaking through an interpreter, Xi said, “Everything we decided has been leaked to the papers that’s not appropriate… and that’s not the way the conversation was conducted if there is sincerity on your part…”

The Canadian Prime Minister is heard stating that there was free, open, and frank dialogue and that there will be things the two countries disagree on.

“We will continue to help…work constructively together but there will be many things we will disagree on,” Trudeau said.

The video ends with Xi Jinping saying “let’s create the conditions first”.

The two leaders shook hands after the brief conversation.

Trudeau had raised “serious concerns” over alleged Chinese interference in Canada in brief talks with Xi on the sidelines of this week’s Group of 20 (G20) meeting in Indonesia.

The Canadian Prime Minister’s office said in a readout on Tuesday that the two leaders discussed North Korea and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, while Trudeau “also raised our serious concerns around interference activities in Canada”.

Last week, Canadian media outlet Global News reported that Canadian intelligence officials had warned Trudeau that China was “targeting Canada with a vast campaign of foreign interference, ” including meddling in the country’s 2019 elections.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) on Monday arrested a man in the province of Quebec for espionage, accusing 35-year-old Yuesheng Wang of obtaining trade secrets to benefit the Chinese government.

The China-Canada relationship has been frosty for several years, especially after Canadian authorities detained Huawei Technologies executive Meng Wanzhou in 2018 on a United States arrest warrant. China then arrested two Canadians on spying charges.

While the standoff ended when all three people were released last year, relations have remained sour over several points of contention, including human rights and trade.

In their talks on Tuesday, Trudeau and Xi “discussed the importance of continued dialogue”, the readout from Trudeau’s office said.

The two leaders last met in June 2019 on the sidelines of another G20 in Osaka, Japan. They met three other times previously, once in 2015 on the sidelines of the G20 in Turkey, and twice during official visits in Beijing in 2016 and 2017. (ANI)

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Modi meet Xi Jinping

First handshake Since Galwan: Modi, Xi Meet At G20

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 dinner hosted by Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Bali, Indonesia.

Both the leaders exchanged pleasantries at the high-profile dinner.
Notably, this is the first handshake since China’s Peoples Liberation Army and the Indian Army’s standoff in eastern Ladakh in April 2020.

The relations between India and China soured following a standoff in April-May 2020 over the transgressions by the Chinese Army in multiple areas including the Finger Area, Galwan Valley, Hot Springs, and Kongrung Nala. The situation worsened after violent clashes with Chinese troops in Galwan Valley in June.

In June 2020, the two armies were engaged in a violent clash that resulted in the death of 20 Indian soldiers and at least three Chinese troops.

PM Modi and Xi exchanged greetings at the G20 dinner.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for improving connectivity at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit held in Uzbekistan’s Samarkand, he maintained a safe distance from Xi Jinping.

PM Modi and President Jinping shared the world stage for the first time after clashes in the Galwan Valley. The tension along the Indo-China border was evident from the distance that the two leaders maintained from each other at the summit.

Moreover, PM Modi also met US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the G20 dinner. He will be holding bilateral meetings with leaders of Indonesia, Spain, France, Singapore, Germany, Italy, Australia and the UK.

He is expected to hold bilateral talks with at least 8-9 world leaders on Wednesday.

Earlier, PM Modi and US President Joe Biden expressed satisfaction about the close cooperation between India and US in new groupings such as the Quad, and I2U2 and reviewed the India-US strategic partnership on the margins of the G20 Summit in Bali on Tuesday.

Both sides discussed close cooperation in future-oriented sectors like critical and emerging technologies, advanced computing, and artificial intelligence, an official statement by Prime Minister’s office read.

Furthermore, PM Modi also welcomed support for India’s G20 Presidency and expressed views on focus areas of the G20.

PM Modi also met with his Netherlands counterpart Mark Rutte during the ongoing G20 Summit in Bali, calling it an excellent interaction.

“Excellent interaction with @MinPres Mark Rutte during the @g20org Summit,” PM Modi wrote on Twitter.

He also met the President of Senegal, Macky Sall, and exchanged views on boosting India-Senegal ties. Moreover, PM Modi also interacted with the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Kristalina Georgieva, and Indian-American economist Gita Gopinath, the IMF’s Deputy managing director.

“Insightful deliberations with President @Macky Sall on boosting India- Senegal ties and deepening cooperation with Africa. @PR Senegal” tweeted PM Modi.

PM Narendra Modi also met his UK counterpart Rishi Sunak and French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

“With my friend President @EmmanuelMacron during the @g20org Summit earlier today,” the Prime Minister tweeted.

WHO Chief and Prime Minister Narendra Modi also briefly interacted on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Bali.

Sharing a picture of his meeting with PM Modi on Twitter, WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “Thank you #India Prime Minister @narendramodi for your collaboration with @WHO on hosting and building the global traditional health centre. Together for #HealthForAll!”

The 17th edition of the G20 Summit will focus on key global concern issues under the theme ‘Recover Together, Recover Stronger.’ (ANI)

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China-US Relations

Looking Forward To Improving China-US Relations: Xi To Biden

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday said that he is looking forward to bringing China-US relations back on track with healthy and stable growth.

“In our meeting today, I am ready to have a candid and in-depth exchange of views on issues of strategic importance in the China-US relationship. I look forward to working with you to bring China-US relations back on track with healthy and stable growth,” Xi Jinping told his US counterpart, Joe Biden.
US President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping have begun bilateral talks on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Bali, Indonesia Monday evening local time.

Both leaders gave brief opening remarks and exchanged pleasantries in front of the media before the press were swiftly ushered from the room for the start of the high-stakes talks.

“Today, we finally have this face-to-face meeting. Currently, the China-US relationship is in such a situation that we all care a lot about it. We need to find the right direction for the bilateral relationship going forward and elevate the relationship,” added Xi.

On the US side, Biden was accompanied by a team including Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen, and Ambassador of the United States to the People’s Republic of China Nicholas Burns.

Xi was flanked by officials including Director of the Chinese Communist Party General Office Ding Xuexiang and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Biden and Xi sat down at their tables, flanked by officials on each side. Both did not wear masks, while the other room officials all wore masks.

“I am committed to keeping lines of communication open between you and me personally, but our governments across the board, because our two countries have so much that we have the opportunity to deal with,” said Biden in opening remarks.

“As the leaders of our two nations were to share responsibility in my view to show that China and the US can manage our differences, prevent competition from becoming anything even near conflict and find ways to work together on urgent, global issues that require our mutual cooperation,” added Biden.

Xi further stated that the world is paying attention to the high-stakes meeting between him and Biden.

“Currently the China-US relationship is in such a situation that we all care a lot about it because this is not the fundamental interest of our two countries and peoples, and it is not what the international community expects (from) us,” Xi said in his opening remarks at the meeting.

“As leaders of the two major countries, we need to chart the right course for the US-China relationship. We need to find the right direction for the bilateral relationship going forward and elevate the relationship,” he added, speaking through a translator.

“The world expects that China and the United States will properly handle the relationship. Our meeting has attracted the world’s attention, so we need to work with all countries to bring more hope to world peace, greater confidence to global stability, and strong impetus to common development,” the Chinese leader said.

Xi and Biden have known each for more than a decade, but Monday saw them meet face-to-face for the first time in their current roles.

There have been five phone and video exchanges with Xi since Biden took office at the start of 2021, but Monday’s talks are their first in-person since 2017 when Biden was vice president to Barack Obama. The last time Xi met a US leader was Donald Trump in 2019.

The relationship between the world’s biggest economies has deteriorated since Biden took office over the economic competition, human rights issues, and rising tensions between China and Taiwan.

Washington and Beijing are at loggerheads over issues ranging from trade to human rights in China’s Xinjiang region and the status of the self-ruled island of Taiwan. (ANI)

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Xi Tightens His Grip Over China

Xi Tightens His Grip Over China, Buckles Up For Diplomacy

After securing his third term as leader of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and tightening his grip over Beijing, Xi Jinping has now geared up to practice diplomacy as the Chinese President has a busy diplomatic schedule ahead of G20 in Bali. He is also planning to rebuild relations with Europe that got disrupted due to Beijing’s human rights violations involving Uyghurs in Xinjiang, Nikkei Asia reported.

As Xi Jinping has already rejigged members for the politburo in the new term and has tightened his grip on the country, it will be interesting to see how the Chinese leader interacts with US President Joe Biden to discuss relations between the two countries during the G-20 summit in Bali.
It is predicted that Chinese premier Xi Jinping’s re-election as the General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the head of the state for the next five years will witness more hard-lined policies with regard to the economy, foreign relations, human rights, and public dissent.

Xi sent the National Committee on US-China Relations a message last Wednesday saying China stands ready to work with the US to find the right way to get along with each other to which Biden also sent a congratulatory message, Nikkei Asia reported.

The thing of most interest will be whether Xi meets face-to-face with US President at the G-20 summit as the two leaders have only held telephonic conversations since Biden took his position at the White House.

Moreover, Xi’s diplomacy is seen with the neighboring nations too after securing the third term as on Monday, he received the leader of Vietnam’s Communist Party, Nguyen Phu Trong, for a meeting in Beijing. Notably, the two countries are involved in a territorial dispute in the South China Sea.

Meanwhile, the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi who is in line to become a top diplomat spoke with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken by phone on Monday (local time) and discussed the need to maintain open lines of communication and responsibly manage the Sino-American relationship, Nikkei Asia reported citing the US State Department readout.

After securing his third term, Xi has surpassed China’s great leader Mao Zedong, hailed as the ‘red sun’. However, with an emboldened Xi, we might witness a world worse than what Mao created, reported Voices Against Autocracy.

Xi’s comfortable filling the Politburo Standing Committee with his close allies forebodes a future where there would be no one in the Chinese political elite to stop him from doing as he pleases, no matter how that might impact the country and the world at large.

The emphasis on security has particularly accelerated under Xi’s reign, as he tides to maintain his political relevance amidst slowing economic growth and the rising geo-political tension with the West. Added to these is the recent surge in internal protests by Chinese citizens against the establishment for a plethora of issues, including the draconian lockdown-led zero-COVID strategy and economic hardships. (ANI)

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Xi Tightens His Grip Over China

Xi Jinping More Powerful Than Mao Zedong: Analysts

Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping’s historic third term as China’s President will likely see more hardline policies out of Beijing on the economy, foreign relations, and human rights, analysts told Washington-based Radio Free Asia (RFA).

On Sunday, Communist Party Xi Jinping presented the Party’s new central leadership at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, where he secured a historic third term as the country’s top leader.
Top aides of Xi were promoted in Communist Party of China’s Politburo Standing Committee but no woman could find a place in the top leadership position for the first time in years, according to the newly released list by state media.

Through the 20th National Congress, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has demonstrated that Chairman Xi Jinping is the nucleus of power in China and that none can dare stand against him.

Xi had packed the Politburo Standing Committee with his close allies showing that he can now act as he pleases, according to Germany-based ethnic Mongolian rights activist Xi Haiming.

“This is the last madness,” Xi Haiming told a recent political forum in Taiwan. He said, “Xi has emerged, naked, as Emperor Xi, as a dictator.”

“Too many people in China are lining up to be his eunuchs, kowtowing to him, waiting for the emperor to ascend to the throne,” he was quoted as saying by RFA.

China is now firmly back in the Mao era, according to a Chinese journalist, who refused to be identified due to fear of reprisals.

“This 20th National Congress is the beginning of the Mao era,” Geng said. “People used to say it was the 9th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party that was bad because it hailed Mao Zedong as the red sun.”

According to analyst Wen Zhigang, the old system of “collective leadership” is well and truly dead.

“Collective leadership no longer exists, and the leader sits, aloof … a leader of the people who is above the party,” Wen said.

According to senior China researcher Wu Guoguang, Xi has more say over who gets to be premier — his second-in-command Li Qiang — than the late supreme leader Mao Zedong did.

“Xi Jinping wields greater power to appoint his preferred premier than Mao Zedong did,” Wu told RFA. (ANI)

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All The King’s Men- Emperor Xi Reigns Supreme

The 20th National Congress from 16-22 October was the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) most important political event of 2022 and, if any were ever in doubt, it demonstrated that Chairman Xi Jinping is the nucleus of power in China and that none can dare stand against him.

There was absolutely no question that Xi would extend his time in office for another five years – and in fact, it will be far longer than that barring ill health – and that is precisely what happened at the congress. China has a one-man ruler, something that both its citizens and the rest of the world will have to learn to deal with.
The election of the 25-member Politburo and its seven-man Politburo Standing Committee (PSC), as well as the post of General Secretary, occurred during the 1st Plenary Session of the new Central Committee on 23 October. However, the most spectacular, mystifying, and alarming part of this follow-on session was the forcible removal of former president Hu Jintao from the Great Hall of the People from the seat at Xi’s left hand.

The official explanation? Xinhua tweeted that one of its reporters had “learned” 79-year-old Hu “insisted on attending the closing session…despite the fact that he has been taking time to recuperate recently. When he was not feeling well during the session, his staff, for his health, accompanied him to a room next to the meeting. Now, he is much better.”

What is a relief! But only if the gullible reader believes everything that China’s propaganda organ publishes. One can recall how Xinhua, ten years ago, stated that Chongqing vice-mayor Wang Lijun was enjoying “vacation-style medical treatment” when in actuality he was incarcerated in prison.

To believe that this was an instance of Hu suddenly feeling well does not accord well with the video footage of the incident. He appeared to ask Xi and Li Keqiang a question, both of whom nodded. Xi then prevented Hu from taking some nearby papers, but what followed next was unprecedented.

Kong Shaoxun, deputy director of the General Office of the CPC Central Committee since about April (and who works for Ding Xuexiang, who was spectacularly raised to the PSC), then urged Hu to leave the meeting. The latter was clearly reluctant to do so. Kong then attempted to physically pull Hu from his seat by lifting him under the armpits.

Li Zhanshu, who was sitting on the other side of Hu, half rose out of his seat to assist Hu, but he was tugged back down by Wang Huning, as if to say, “Don’t. Let this play out.” Li shortly afterward surreptitiously mopped the sweat from his brow. This was the political theater of the highest order. During and after, other CCP luminaries stared straight ahead as though nothing was happening, already cowed into fearful silence.

The fact that footage of Hu being led away like a lamb to the slaughter was not edited out or censored is evidence that this was probably deliberate. Media had been allowed into the hall just a short time before, and where everything is carefully choreographed and controlled, this was live drama like no other in recent decades of CCP history.

Indeed, it might have reminded some of Saddam Hussein’s rise to power in 1979, when 50 names were called out one by one in a Ba’athist Party meeting and each was accused of conspiracy. Those remaining vociferously swore allegiance to Hussein and were ordered to execute their former colleagues.

Could Xi have intended a similar chilling demonstration for the CCP? No executions, of course, as Xi is more cultured than the brutal Hussein, but through this moment, present and past leaders have been intimidated. It is relevant that Hu’s removal occurred just before a vote was held. Did Xi suspect that Hu might abstain or even dare to vote against him? Afterward, the voting was unanimously in favor of Xi.

So, either this was a premeditated move by Xi to humiliate Hu and demonstrate his unbridled power, or it was a major slip-up. The latter seems unlikely given the attention to detail in choreographing the five-yearly centerpiece of the CCP calendar. What will become of Hu now? If he undergoes party discipline, then it is unlikely to be publicized for some time.

Hu Jintao has largely been offstage under Xi’s reign. Many of his supporters have been purged, including his own chief aide Ling Jihua in 2015. His Communist Youth League faction has largely been eliminated, and he has no real influence in the CCP. This move could therefore be largely symbolic, and perhaps an indication of a cruel streak in Xi. The leader could have demoted him in private, but it seems he instead chose a theatrical put-down that doubled as a clarion warning to others.

Yet, interestingly, the CCTV evening news report on the congress closing ceremony showed Hu. If he were really purged, would CCTV have shown him like this? Then again, Hu’s name was censored on the Chinese internet after this. This mixed messaging reminds analysts that the nature of the moment is not fully understood yet.

Nonetheless, Ian Easton of the Project 2049 Institute in the USA commented, “If Hu Jintao can be frog-marched into the shadows like this, no one else in that room or anywhere else in China is safe from Xi Jinping’s personal dictatorship. Americans and our friends would be wise to accelerate disentanglement with China before the inevitable disaster occurs.”

Yang Zhang, Assistant Professor at the American University’s School of International Service, further commented: “What we just saw was the making of an ‘All Xi’s Men’ team, the breaking of decade-long rules and the birth of an unlimited supreme leader. These are not entirely surprising, but Xi’s grab of power is still beyond our expectations. He is now a truly modern emperor.”

Yang continued: “Xi will rule China for not one, but at least two and likely three terms (15 years). He is ‘only’ 69 years old: Mao ruled China until his death at 83, and Deng Xiaoping kept the Central Military Commission chair until 1989 when he was 85. So don’t expect Xi to retire before 2037. Xi’s power apex just started, today.”

Yang added that Xi is too young to anoint a successor. “His ministers have no interest in suggesting one. Potential candidates dare not imply it. Xi’s future successor is now a nobody (who is not even in the Central Committee this time). Succession may not be an issue in 2027. The rule of age limits is gone, completely. All 67 [years old], Li Keqiang, Wang Yang, and Chen Quanguo retired, while Wang Huning stayed in the PSC.

Moreover, Wang Yi (69) and Zhang Youxia (72) will be in the Politburo. Xi simply showcased his unlimited power by breaking the age limit rule.” Yang also pointed out Li Qiang, the Shanghai Party Secretary, who was appointed premier: “Premiership as we know it is gone … This is unprecedented because of Li’s lack of vice premiership or any central experience. Once Xi’s chief of staff, Li will be his chief grand secretary as premier.”

Xi has personally overseen the rise of Li, governor of Zhejiang (2012) and party secretaries of Jiangsu (2016) and Shanghai (2017). He has not accumulated any experience in the vice premiership or any central working experience.

Li Qiang’s rise to premier showcases how loyalty rather than popularity is the key to promotion under Xi. Li was immensely unpopular after Shanghai’s disastrous lockdowns, but he was rewarded with the number two spot in the CCP hierarchy because he implicitly followed Xi’s orders.

Yang thinks that this means Li will have to rely upon Xi’s authority to run the State Council. In other words, “Li will be a perfect technocrat for the emperor.” There is no power balance at the top, and it is shocking that a provincial official is catapulted straight into such a powerful position.

Apart from Li Qiang, if Ding Xuexiang becomes executive vice premier, then they will both be Xi’s technocrats, secretaries, and servants in the State Council. The whole nature of the State Council will be altered, with Yang saying, “It will no longer be parallel with the party, but simply one of many institutions under the leadership of the party and Xi.”

Yang predicted: “Old factions are all gone, while new factions are in the making. Factional identities are flexible and dynamic … After the full victory of Xi’s men, however, they will soon divide and contend for power.”

The seven-member Politburo Standing Committee illustrates how Xi has installed his acolytes into the highest seats. Headed by Xi, the PSC is fully stacked with allies, including four newcomers. It includes (in order of precedence): Li Qiang (63-year-old premier-to-be), Zhao Leji (65-year-old incumbent), Wang Huning (67-year-old incumbent), Cai Qi (66-year-old Beijing Party Secretary), Ding Xuexiang (Xi’s 60-year-old top political aide) and 66-year-old Li Xi (Guangdong Party Secretary).

What do they have in common? They are all Han males in their 60s and Xi loyalists. A surprise PSC omission was Vice-Premier Hu Chunhua, a former protege of Hu Jintao. This shows that Xi can now dispense with any pretense of having to balance different factions. The six PSC members are ideologically and temperamentally aligned with Xi, and there is no space for reformists and liberals in this top body.

This 20th National Congress can only be described as a sweeping victory for Xi and his cronies. Reshuffling of personnel is no longer bound by any precedents or CCP rules; all have been groomed and elevated based on a meritocracy of loyalty.

For instance, Cai Qi has risen unusually rapidly through the ranks. He took just nine months to move from Beijing Mayor to Beijing Party Secretary, and this unsympathetic character helped oversee cruel demolitions in the capital. Meanwhile, Li Xi will likely lead the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.

As the dust settles, it would be very difficult to imagine a PSC dominated by Xi. As for the complete 25-member Politburo, 17 of its 25 members are newcomers. For the first time in 25 years, there is not a single woman in the Politburo, leading some to conclude that the CCP is increasingly Ethno-nationalist, misogynist, and autocratic. Even Zhang Gaoli, the ex-official at the center of allegations of sexual abuse from tennis star Peng Shuai, brazenly appeared at the top table of congress.

Deng Xiaoping said in 1980, “It is not good to have an over-concentration of power. It hinders the practice of socialist democracy and of the party’s democratic centralism, impedes the progress of socialist construction, and prevents us from taking full advantage of collective wisdom.”

Xi has grabbed control of all sectors of China’s policymaking process by either chairing them personally or by promoting loyalists into key positions. Ironically, at the same time that Xi torpedoed retirement age norms, the explanation for Hu Jintao – ill health and weakness – explains why age limits are such a good thing!

Xi desires, and perhaps even masterminded, the relentless and shameless rise of his own personality cult. As one Chinese textbook boasted, “The greatest achievement of the Cultural Revolution is producing a great leader like Xi. That alone made it worth all the trouble.”

Such assertions represent a slap in the face for the millions who died under Mao Zedong’s despotic reign. Xi, individually the most powerful man in the world, will make all the decisions in China. There will be no checks and balances on his power, especially as the collective and rotational succession model has been torn to shreds.

The world will have to rely on him not miscalculating. If things do go awry, Xi is not protected by any firewall, since he is surrounded by loyalists of his own choosing. This is obviously a risk he is willing to take. Firmly entrenched as China’s paramount leader, Xi is bound to continue his tough stance, perhaps even a supercharged one, on foreign and security policies.

It would seem inevitable that his aggression towards others will rise. Yet, with other countries less tolerant of China’s bullying, friction must increase. After seizing his third term, one important aspect is how much pressure will Xi put Taiwan under. It is unthinkable he will relax coercion of the island nation with which he is obsessed. He might well view his extension of power as a mandate to tighten the screws further.

After all, who else in China, or Taiwan, can oppose him? A downward spiral of action and counteraction already exists between China and the USA, with no exit ramp obvious. That day when Xi feels the People’s Liberation Army is ready to achieve victory via an invasion of Taiwan, or if he needs to bolster his political or historical position as China’s greatest leader, may well have suddenly gotten closer than anyone envisaged. (ANI)

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No Woman Member In China’s Ruling Politburo In 25 Years

After Sun Chunlan retired, for the first time in 25 years, the Chinese Communist Party’s top body will be devoid of any women members.

According to the new Politburo roster released on Sunday, no women member will be there in CCP’s Politburo for the first time in 25 years, reported The Star.

Sun was the only woman sitting on the previous Politburo and no other women were appointed at the 20th Party Congress of the CCP.

Meanwhile, Xi Jinping secured a historic third term as China’s leader and promoted some of his closest Communist Party allies, cementing his position as the nation’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, reported The Star.

The Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party elected Xi as its general secretary for another five-year term, Xinhua reported, tilting the country decisively back towards one-man rule after decades of power-sharing among its elite.

“I wish to thank the whole party sincerely for the trust you have placed in us,” Xi told journalists at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People after the closed-door vote was announced.

He promised to “work diligently in the performance of our duties to prove worthy of the great trust of our party and our people.”

Xi was also reappointed head of China’s Central Military Commission, reported The Star.

The 69-year-old is now all but certain to sail through to a third term as China’s president, due to be formally announced during the government’s annual legislative sessions in March.

His anointment came after a week-long Congress of 2,300 hand-picked party delegates during which they endorsed Xi’s “core position” in the leadership and approved a sweeping reshuffle that saw former rivals step down, reported The Star.

The 20th Congress elected the new Central Committee of around 200 senior party officials, who then gathered to elect Xi and the other members of the Standing Committee — the apex of Chinese political power.

Some of Xi’s closest allies were announced in the seven-man committee, reported The Star.

Former Shanghai party chief Li Qiang, a confidante of Xi’s, was promoted to number two, making him likely to be named premier at the government’s annual legislative sessions next March.

Since becoming the country’s leader a decade ago, Xi has achieved a concentration of power like no modern Chinese ruler other than Mao.

He abolished the presidential two-term limit in 2018, paving the way for him to govern indefinitely.

Xi has also overseen China’s rise as the world’s second-biggest economy, a huge military expansion, and a far more aggressive global posture that has drawn strong opposition from the United States.

Despite nearly unchecked power, Xi faces huge challenges over the next five years, including managing the nation’s debt-ridden economy and the growing US rivalry, reported The Star. (ANI)

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Mysteriously Escorted

Hu Jintao Mysteriously Escorted Out In Front Of Xi Jinping

Former Chinese president Hu Jintao was unexpectedly escorted out of the ‘Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Saturday during the closing ceremony of a congress of the ruling Communist Party.

Hu Jintao, 79, was removed by unnamed Chinese Communist Party (CCP) agents during today’s closing ceremony of the congress, which is held once in five years.
The reason is unclear as to why the Chinese leader was removed, and more details were awaited.

However, information about such incidents is rarely revealed by China.

As Hu was being removed, the former leader looked at Xi Jinping and had a conversation that was not audible to the cameras that captured the moment.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang was also seen next to Xi, who also remained stone-faced and did not react as the former Chinese president was being removed.

According to a Reuters report, the Chinese Communist Party amended its constitution to make Xi Jinping the “Core” of its party. It is now expected that Xi Jinping will remain the final authority in China.

Xi is widely expected to become Party’s General Secretary, paving way for him to secure an unprecedented third term as Chinese president.

The 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party will conclude today.

He will either be re-elected as general secretary of the CCP or will be newly elected as chairman of the CCP, a title that has lain dormant since 1982 and was once the highest position ever held by Mao Zedong.

The congress is taking place at one of the most perilous periods in international affairs in recent years. A war is raging in Ukraine as President Vladimir Putin attempts to burnish his credentials as a great Russian leader, and China remains a staunch supporter of this would-be tsar.

At the same time, Taiwan Strait tensions are at their highest in decades, as China attempts to pummel Taipei into acquiescence.

Moreover, diplomatic tensions with the US, the after-effects of a global pandemic, and China’s own paranoid efforts to stamp out COVID-19, and all the ingredients for a brewing storm are present. (ANI)

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China May Use Pak As Proxy

China Tightens Grip Over Tibet Amid Ongoing 20th National Party Congress

Amid the ongoing 20th National Party Congress, Beijing has started reinforcing tight control over the highly surveilled Tibet autonomous region and the authorities continue to increase their repression in the name of the Zero-Covid policy.

Chinese leader Xi Jinping opened the ruling Communist Party’s twice-a-decade National Congress on Sunday. Regional experts say that Chairman Xi Jinping will undoubtedly extend his term in power for another five years, according to Tibet Rights Collective.
He will either be re-elected as general secretary of the CCP or will be newly elected as chairman of the CCP, a title that has lain dormant since 1982 and was once the highest position ever held by Mao Zedong. The congress is taking place at one of the most perilous periods in international affairs in recent years. A war is raging in Ukraine as President Vladimir Putin attempts to burnish his credentials as a great Russian leader, and China remains a staunch supporter of this would-be tsar.

Meanwhile, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s atrocities in Tibet continue to take place as minorities are at the receiving end of the repressive Chinese government policies, especially the Uyghurs.

Recently, a new Human Rights Watch report pointed towards DNA collection drives by CCP among Tibetans in and outside Tibetan Autonomous Region from children as young as five years old without consent which clearly explains the possible implications of Xi Jinping’s re-election on Tibet and Tibetans.

Moreover, Beijing’s quest to sinicize Tibetan Buddhism in compliance with Chinese policies, which they refer to as “Socialism with Chinese Characteristics” also explains how the election of the Chinese premier for the third term will prove for Tibet.

In 2021, Xi Jinping made an unannounced visit to Tibet and was the first Chinese President to do so in 30 years. Not only this, but he also visited the region during his vice-presidency, to mark the 60 years since the Communist takeover, and gave an aggressive speech from Potala Palace, promising to “smash anyone who attempts to destabilize Tibet, according to Tibet Rights Collective.

Also, when Xi Jinping began his second term without designating a successor as party leader, China scrapped the two-term limit on the presidency, paving the way for Xi to rule for life if he chooses.

Since China illegally occupied Tibet in the 1950s, the brutality of the Chinese Communist government on the people of Tibet started and turned the lives of the Tibetan people into a living hell.

The lack of basic human rights is also an issue that has been raised on every occasion to gain the attention that it deserves on international platforms. But sadly, it has never been considered a case worthy of being seriously taken up by organizations such as the United Nations. (ANI)

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5G Base Stations In Xinjiang

China Sets Up 5G Base Stations In Xinjiang For Uyghur Surveillance

China recently launched thousands of 5G base stations throughout its Xinjiang region, raising concerns the technology will be for greater digital surveillance of Uyghurs rather than the state use of economic development, according to a US government-funded news service.

China’s Information Technology Ministry last month announced the number of 5G base stations in use across China has exceeded 1.96 million.

“The high-quality industrial internet network covers over 300 cities in China, accelerating the transformation and upgrading of traditional Chinese enterprises,” ministry official Wang Peng was quoted saying by state media outlet Xinhua.

With the aim to fully digitize its economy and society, Beijing’s build-out in Xinjiang is part of the expansion of the 5G tech for broadband cellular networks that started in 2019.

Xinjiang has the largest land area of all the provinces and autonomous regions in China with an area of 642,800 square kilometers, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported.

“The 5G network rollout across the entire region will augment an existing pervasive digitized system that monitors the movement of residents through surveillance drones, facial recognition cameras, and mobile phone scans as part of China’s efforts to control the predominantly Muslim population,” RFA quoted experts as saying.

Josh Chin, a journalist with The Wall Street Journal, said, “It’s definitely an interesting development. I have to imagine it will only make surveillance that much more pervasive and efficient.”

The rollout of 5G base stations across the vast, sparsely populated region is “overkill,” according to Geoffrey Cain, a U.S. journalist, and China analyst.

“It’s very extreme, and it also strikes me as very suspicious,” he told RFA.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet in her long-awaited report in August said the Chinese government has committed abuses that may amount to crimes against humanity targeting Uyghurs and other Turkic communities in Xinjiang.

The report by the outgoing UN rights chief contains victim accounts that substantiate mass arbitrary detention, torture, and other serious human rights violations and recommends world to take action to end the abuses.

It outlined China’s crimes against humanity due to its “arbitrary and discriminatory detention” of Uyghurs and other Muslims.

Adrian Zenz, in an interview with ANI, termed this bombshell report as ‘overall positive, very conservative and cautious in its approach. Zenz is a Senior Fellow and Director in China Studies at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, Washington, DC.

“My assessment of the report is overall positive, it’s useful but of course, it’s not perfect at all and there are some shortcomings in it. The report is very conservative and cautious in its approach,” Zenz said. (ANI)

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