Absolute power. What can the world expect from Xi Jinping's third term?

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People who posed the slightest threat to Xi Jinping's initiatives were withdrawn from the Politburo. Analysts already agree that the majority of members in the new Politburo are people close to Jinping.

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The 69-year-old leader of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, Xi Jinping, received the right to be elected General Secretary for the third time, for which party members unanimously voted on the last day of their 20th Congress. Thus, the politician has absolutely every chance to strengthen himself as the most powerful ruler of China since the days of Mao Zedong, the founding leader of the People's Republic, Reuters reports.

The composition of the new Politburo Standing Committee will be unveiled as early as Sunday, October 23, when Xi enters the journalists' room in the Great Hall of the People, followed by other members of the new Standing Committee in descending order of rank.

For the next five years, Jinping will gain virtually unlimited power, which Steve Tsang, director of the Chinese SOAS Institute at the University of London, has already compared to a dictatorial one in which “no one can advise him to correct course.”

The party's new 205-member Central Committee, elected by delegates at the end of the week-long convention, does not include outgoing Premier Li Keqiang or former Guangdong Party leader Wang Yang, seen as a potential replacement as prime minister. Li, who will step down as prime minister in March, and Wang, who chairs the China People's Political Consultative Conference, are both 67 years old, and therefore, in accordance with China's age norms, they are eligible to serve another five years on the Standing Committee, which consists of seven members. Both are linked to the Communist Youth League, a once powerful group that experts say lost power under Xi, and neither has strong ties to the Communist Party leader. In addition, Li, whose responsibility is to strengthen the country's economy, often opposed certain decisions of the Politburo, which Jinping did not like.

Analysts already agree that the majority of members in the new Politburo are close to Jinping people.

“The main theme of this congress, as can be seen from the constitutional amendment and the report, is to highlight Xi's core status. With this congress, Xi's authority will further increase. In the future, we will see a greater concentration of power around Xi and around the center,” said a senior researcher at the Institute East Asia in Singapore Chen Gan.

The amendments to the party statute, adopted at the congress, contribute to these forecasts. The “Two Establishment” amendment defines Xi as the party's “core” leader and his ideas as the guiding principles for China's future development. The “Two Guarantees” amendment secures Xi's “core” status within the party and centralized party power over China. She also enshrined “the development of morale, the strengthening of fighting ability” in the party charter, which for the first time included a call to confront and contain the separatists who seek Taiwan independence.

“Apparently, Xi is free to do whatever wants. This means that he no longer faces any resistance or checks and balances in the UPC. All future policies will be carried out in accordance with his will,” said the Beijing-based political scientist, who declined to be named.