Xi Jinping Re-Elected as Chinese Communist Party Leader

Chinese President Xi Jinping was re-elected CCP ruler on Sunday, acquiring the position for a third term. Xi is Beijing’s longest-serving leader since Mao Zedong.

From RT News:

Xi, who has now secured another five years in power, will also retain his role as chairman of the Central Military Commission, the highest defense body in charge of the People’s Liberation Army.

The leader or general secretary of the CCP, as well as the chairman of the Central Military Commission, are considered more important roles in China than that of the president, which is largely a ceremonial position. It is also held by Xi Jinping, and he is widely expected to retain this title next year.

The Central Committee also picked members of the new Politburo Standing Committee, China’s most powerful decision-making body, which comprises seven people. Along with Xi Jinping, the committee will also consist of Li Qiang, Zhao Leji, Wang Huning, Cai Qi, Li Xi and Ding Xuexiang – all of whom are described as allies of the president.

Xi introduced the new members of the Politburo Standing Committee as he led them onto the stage at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People to meet the press.

Chinese economic downturn and human rights violations are expected to continue under Jinping.

From The Epoch Times:

Li Hengqing, a China expert at the Washington Institute for Information and Strategy, in an interview with the Chinese edition of The Epoch Times following the rollout of the regime’s new leadership, said the Chinese economy is not going to improve under Xi.

He said that China’s third-quarter economic data—which Beijing was originally scheduled to release on Oct. 18 but has delayed—won’t show anything positive.

“I believe the fourth-quarter economic data will be even worse. Economic challenges are going to get bigger year after year, and the [economy] is going to get worse,” he said.

He added that it is political infighting that has propelled Xi to his current position. As a result, he foresees more political struggles in the future, potentially subjecting China to another era of mass-scale political movements.

Kenneth Roth, former executive director of Human Rights Watch, took to Twitter to say that Xi has put together a team who won’t challenge him.

“The man who is afraid of debate chooses a leadership team that will not challenge him: Xi Jinping,” Roth wrote. “A recipe for more repression and mismanagement.”

Amnesty International said Xi’s continued reign is a disaster for human rights.

“Confirmation of Xi Jinping’s third term is an ominous moment not only for the millions of Chinese citizens who have suffered grave human rights violations under his rule, but also for people around the world who feel the impact of the Chinese government’s repression,” said Hana Young, Amnesty International’s deputy regional director, in a statement.

“The government’s policies and practices under Xi’s leadership pose a threat to rights not just at home, but globally,” Young continued. “From the government’s campaign to silence and forcibly repatriate Uyghurs overseas to its attempts to redefine the very meaning of human rights at the United Nations, the arm of Chinese state repression increasingly extends beyond China’s borders.”

“And as Chinese activists, human rights lawyers, independent journalists and other human rights defenders brace themselves for more of the same—or worse—the international community must redouble efforts to ensure the next five years are different,” Young added.