Prez Xi stresses national security as he prepares for his 3rd term in office

Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for more efforts to safeguard national political security and social stability as he prepares for an unprecedented third term this year.

In an instruction to the political and legal working committee of the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Xi said efforts should be made to ensure fair access to justice for every individual, the agency reported on Saturday. Xinhua official press.

Calling on the political and legal work front to uphold the absolute leadership of the CPC and draw wisdom and strength from the party’s centuries-old struggle, Xi urged party officials to promote the ability to prevent and defuse major risks and improve law enforcement and justice policies. and measurements.

He also insisted on deepening the comprehensive reform of political and legal work and consolidating the achievements made in the education campaign for frontline officers.

Party committees at all levels should study and resolve important issues that impede political and legal work in a timely manner and help political and legal bodies discharge their duties in accordance with laws, Xi noted in the statement. ‘instruction.

Efforts should be made to provide a solid guarantee to push forward the “peaceful China” initiative and promote the rule of law to a higher level, thereby welcoming the 20th CPC National Congress with solid actions, he said. declared.

The 68-year-old Xi’s second five-year term as general secretary of the CPC, the central authority of power, will end this year.

He is widely expected to continue in this position for an unprecedented third term and possibly for life after the CPC Congress, to be held once every five years, which is to be held in the middle of this year, and reappointed as chairman and head of the powerful Central Military Commission (CMC).

All of his predecessors, including Hu Jintao who handed over the reins to Xi in 2012, retired after two terms in office as a widely followed convention to encourage the party’s collective new leadership.

A major constitutional amendment in 2018 removed the two-term limit for the president to allow Xi to continue in the post.

Bridges for Xi’s retention as CCP general secretary were endorsed at last year’s meeting of the Party Plenum, a powerful party conclave, for his retention in power, possibly for life.

Politically, the meeting is seen as significant for Xi, who in the last nine years of his tenure in power has become the most powerful leader after party founder Mao Zedong.

He was also named the party’s main leader in 2016, a status enjoyed by Mao.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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