“It is the soul of the military to obey the command of the party without compromise, it is the top priority for the military to be able to fight and win battles,” said China’s President Xi Jinping in 2012, after taking power.
Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, has since surprised the West with his blunt style in his immense ambition on behalf of China.
Xi Jinping strongest leader in China since Mao: With his disciplined, polite smile, he has sternly steered China to focus on internal matters, less preoccupied with foreign tourism, the English language, and rather gives priority to domestic China, social stability and the eradication of poverty, writes historian and bestselling author, founder of The Herland Report, Hanne Nabintu Herland.
President Xi Jinping has in some sense, moved on past the respected Deng Xiaoping, who so painstakingly – and under Communist banners – opened China to capitalist international trade, modernized China, turning this vast country towards the West. This led to millions lifted out of poverty and the massive Chinese manufacturing machine demonstrating to the world its ground-breaking excellence.
Western Globalism and China strengthening its borders
Xi Jinping strongest leader in China since Mao: It has puzzled many that China’s political system is growing much more closed under Jinping. Hardly any valuable explanations are sifting through the iron clad National People’s Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), held every five years.
Even disregarding the immense language and cultural barriers, under President Xi Jinping the Chinese system is even more secretive. How often do you read an illuminating article that properly explains the power structures in China and how the system has changed under Jinping?
China is the most populous country in the world, with its leader one of the most powerful. Yet, we know so little about the inner workings of this vast political and social landscape.
Decades of globalist trade has sky-rocketed China’s economy and provided the world with highly valuable Chinese merchandise. Today almost everything is made in China: excellent quality products, high tech, medicines, almost any product you may think of – available one click away.
It is very easy to be impressed with what this country has been able to achieve the past decades.
Yet, the effect has still been millions of lost American jobs outsourced to China and cheaper labor countries, and a suffering Western middle-class. The rise of the Western billionaire elite is another product of globalism, with its monopoly global corporations that reside safely in tax havens with no requirements of redistribution of wealth.
And now, President Jinping changes the gear. It happens as America’s middle- and lower classes are suffering, the nation embroidered in civil strife, poverty, the loss of national values and traditions, self-destructive drug abuse and the implosion of the family.
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Xi Jinping strongest leader since Mao: President Jinping has, precisely in this situation, turned the tide towards a domestic focus on the nation of China. His speeches address Chinese rural poverty, focusing on the wellbeing of the lower classes in China, on beautifying the homeland, on morality, the Chinese family values and the need for national unity.
When the globalist led West focuses on removing national borders and weakening the nation states to benefit the globalist transnational agenda, Xi Jinping turns the opposite direction: He strengthens China as a nation state, as a specific country with a specific civilization that it important to uphold, yet all the while keeps it open and positive to international trade.
At a time when the United States is dependent on its trade with China, Jinping has for many years worked to become independent from the West.
While the Western politicians see history in 4 year terms, eager to keep their political positions into another term, China views history in 50 year long-term planning span. These are vastly different approaches to the political game.
China focuses on national unity, the homeland and domestic trade
This new focus on domestic trade and development rather than the regular international, outward leaning economic boost was outlined at the National People’s Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in 2019, few months before Covid-19 hit and world trade closed down.
When Covid-19 hit in 2020, China was already focusing full force on inland matters.
Mark that the President proclaimed in his December 31, 2019 speech to the nation that 2020 would be a year of milestone significance for China. His focus was – again – a national agenda for the elimination of poverty in domestic China, with a nationalist vision for China’s leadership of Hong Kong, among other topics. In 2024, one might add Taiwan.
Xi Jinping stresses, in his speeches, the importance of continual economic development in order to give every citizen in China a raised living standard. He speaks much about unity, of setting aside differences, of not voicing every concern or criticism towards the state, but rather unite as a Chinese people. He points to the importance of heritage, of civility, of politeness and generosity.
It is obvious that President Xi Jinping does not want the type of rowdy crowds and criminal gangs roaming the streets as we now see happening in Western cities. It is safe to assume that such developments are not regarded as constructive for the Chinese nation, so he stops it.
China’s strong leaders
Xi Jinping strongest leader in China since Mao: Commenting on the Chinese tradition for strong leaders who often became great emperor in history, columnist Howard W. French, a professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, writes: “In Chinese history, long-term emperors have been far more common than rules-bound leaders.”
In an exciting article at Foreign Policy, he takes a look at China’s past in order to comprehend the rapid rise of Xi Jinping “to a power status much like his Communist predecessor Mao Zedong.”
President Jinping now speaks about pursuing “high-quality development,” a sentence uttered at least 128 occasions in 2023, as pointed out by Bloomberg.
Yet, the Western media keep pondering what the Chinese leader might mean, even by that. Unquestionably, the President is talking about the need for high-quality development domestically, as is his stated goal.
Stephen R. Platt, a historian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and author of Imperial Twilight: The Opium War and the End of China’s Last Golden Age, says that Xi “is not trying to make himself emperor, but after beginning his time in power with certain bureaucratic constraints, Xi [has decided to] bend the reality to suit himself and ensure that he can continue in power without any need of term limits and without the close influence of any rivals. He wants his to be the voice that is heard all over the place, and [his image] appears everywhere with that same sort of bemused look on his face.”
Platt is quick to point out that Xi is no Mao.
“Children grew up believing that the sun rose because there was Mao Zedong in China,” he said. “And I don’t know that Xi commands anything like that sort of adulation.” Another obvious problem with such comparisons is that whatever one makes of him, Mao was indisputably a revolutionary. Xi, Platt said, has “put himself above the party,” but at bottom is merely a “sort of bureaucrat par excellence who’s played the bureaucratic game to its final end.”
So, whether Xi Jinping eventually will more resemble Mao, or Chiang Kai-shek, or any other massive figure in Chinese history is yet to be determined.
Platt says: Jinping “is not trying to make himself emperor, but after beginning his time in power with certain bureaucratic constraints, Xi … now ensures that he can continue in power without any need of term limits and without the close influence of any rivals. He wants his to be the voice that is heard all over the place.”