The vulnerabilities of Xi Jinping and China’s Communist Party

Today, despite all the accumulation of power, Xi and the CPC are far more vulnerable than is apparent.

In advance of the National People’s Congress (NPC) meeting in Beijing, which will mark the official start of Xi Jinping‘s second term as the president of the People’s Republic of China, the Chinese Communist Party’s (CPC) Central Committee proposed a set of constitutional amendments, chief among them being the removal of presidential term limits and the inclusion of “Xi Jinping Thought” in the country’s constitution.

NPC deputies are expected to overwhelmingly support these changes in a vote on Sunday, effectively allowing Xi to remain at the helm of Chinese politics for as long as he deems fit.

Ever since the 19th Party Congress in October 2017, Xi has been making moves to upend norms of collective leadership and succession that were cobbled together after the excesses of the Mao Zedong era.

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