Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping today articulated that the two million strong military and government institutions should work strictly under the leadership of the ruling Communist Party of China. Xi has been re-elected for a five-year second term.
But Xi is expected to continue to be in power as the head of the party, the military and the presidency for life, as the National People’s Congress has ratified the constitutional amendment, removing the two-term limit for the president and vice president.
Over 1.5 million Chinese officials, including over 100 ministers, were punished in the massive anti-corruption drive carried out by Xi Jinping in the last few years which also allowed him to consolidate his power.
Since he took over power in 2013, Xi has been calling on the military to strictly follow CPC orders and function under its leadership. China is a rare country in the world where the military works under the party and not under the government.
Xi called the CPC to be the backbone of the Chinese people and the Chinese nation, work hard and share the comforts and hardships of the people, and always keep a heart-to-heart communion with them.
“The endeavour of the Chinese people has led to a tremendous transformation of the Chinese nation: it has stood up, grown rich, and is becoming strong,” he said.
Last year’s once in a five-year congress of the CPC drew up a blueprint for securing a decisive victory in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects to build a modern socialist country and realising the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, Xi said.
Comparing the process to materialise the blueprint to “another Long March,” led by Mao Zedong during Chinese revolution, Xi warned the whole nation against being satisfied with the status quo, indulging oneself in ease and comfort, or letting delight dispel worries.
Xi promised to follow the guidelines of Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory, the Theory of Three Represents, the Scientific Outlook on Development, and the Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era which has been enunciated by him and now part of the constitution.