Chinese leader Xi Jinping has secured his chances of a scarce third term

With a vote last week in the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee, Xi Jinping appears to have put himself in an unassailable position to become China’s ruler-for-life.

A resolution passed by the Central Committee, listing the ruling party’s “major achievements” since its founding a century ago, highlights Mr. Xi’s role in restoring Marxism to the center of Chinese political life. It legitimizes his statements, actions, and policy decisions as Communist Party doctrine, making it very dangerous for anyone to challenge him.

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Xi Jinping has sealed his dominance and secured an unchallenged future as China’s top leader. But doubts cloud his eventual series.

He now seems set to become the first Chinese leader since Mao Zedong to be reappointed Communist Party general secretary for a third five-year term.

But Mr. Xi’s dominance brings risks for his country, some observers warn. It imposes ideological conformity and restrains policy argue, they say. careful Timothy Cheek, a China expert at the University of British Columbia in Canada, “The cost of ideological governance is to dampen innovation and creativity.”

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With the Communist Party’s endorsement last week of a resolution lauding him and his ideology, Chinese leader Xi Jinping has vaulted into a position of scarce supremacy. The vote all but clinches his strength to rule as long as he chooses over the country of 1.4 billion people.

Mr. Xi is “a man on a mission” who sees himself as “responsible for all the greatness in China today,” says Steve Tsang, director of the SOAS China Institute at the University of London. “There is clearly no intention of him retiring.”

The political victory enshrines Mr. Xi’s vision for the nation in a document meant to persevere for decades to come, and puts him in a virtually unassailable position. however his dominance, bolstered by a growing personality cult, imposes an ideological conformity that carries risks for China, some observers warn.

Why We Wrote This

Xi Jinping has sealed his dominance and secured an unchallenged future as China’s top leader. But doubts cloud his eventual series.

“The cost of ideological governance is to dampen innovation and creativity,” says Timothy Cheek, a history professor and expert in modern China at the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia. “They get security at the price of creativity.”

A plenum of the ruling Communist Party’s more than 300-strong Central Committee, the locus of strength in China, passed a resolution last week on the party’s “major achievements” since its founding 100 years ago. Its complete text was published Tuesday.

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