China has had Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory, and now, Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era (习近平新时代中国特色社会主义思想).
This snappy new line of thinking was christened by leading Party officials and Chinese state media following the Chinese president’s marathon address to kick off the 19th Party Congress on Wednesday.
“The Thought is the biggest highlight of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and a historic contribution to the Party’s development,” said Zhang Dejiang, a member of the Politburo Standing Committee, China’s most powerful group, at a panel discussion on Wednesday.
“This important thought represents the latest achievement in adapting Marxism to the Chinese context, and is an important component of the system of theories of socialism with Chinese characteristics,” added Yu Zhengsheng, another Politburo Standing Committee member, at another panel discussion.
Meanwhile, Liu Yunshan, yet another Standing Committee member, called on all Party members to diligently study Xi’s thought “in terms of its historical background, scientific system and practical requirement.”
Considering these remarks, Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era (XJTSCCNE) looks certain to be enshrined in the Communist Party constitution by the end of the congress.
Xi Thought should not be thought by unauthorized thinkers. If you think you have thought Xi Jinping Thought, you have another think coming. https://t.co/4BvHWYMO33
— The Relevant Organs (@relevantorgans) October 18, 2017
Even with 14 fundamental principles, an unusually high number in Communist Party parlance which typically likes to see things in threes, Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era is a bit vague and doesn’t exactly stick to the brain. Good luck remembering all these for your next test:
1) Ensuring party leadership over all work
2) Committing to a people centred approach
3) Continuing to comprehensively deepen reform
4) Adopting a new vision for development
5) Seeing that the people run the country
6) Ensuring every dimension of governance is law based
7) Upholding core socialist values
8) Ensuring and improving living standards through development
9) Ensuring harmony between human and nature
10) Pursuing a holistic approach to national security
11) Upholding absolute party leadership over the people’s forces
12) Upholding the principle of “one country, two systems” and promoting national unification
13) Promoting the building of a community with a shared future for mankind
14) Exercising full and rigorous governance over the party.
However, it does once again signal that Xi has become China’s strongest leader since at least Deng Xiaoping, Xi’s more recent predecessors, Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao, never had their pet mottos enshrined in such a way with their names attached. The new ideology formally initiates a new era in Chinese politics and history, one that will more than likely go down as the Xi era.
— Hong Kong Free Press (@HongKongFP) October 19, 2017
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