China’s Xi Jinping assumes core leadership position comparable to Mao Zedong

Chinese President Xi Jinping has received confirmation as the country’s “core leader”, a position comparable to that which was held by the late founder of China’s ruling Communist Party, Mao Zedong.

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Local media reports confirm the party also reaffirmed its commitment to collective leadership, implying his power will not be absolute.

Following a closed-door meeting held this weekend, all senior officials who participated in the four-day meeting, signed a document which was released to every party member.

The memo states that all party members are directed to “closely unite around the Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core.”

President Xi Jinping, 64, assumed office in 2012. He remains the party leader as General Secretary of the CPC.

In 2013, Xi took over as the country’s chief of the armed forces.

Though the Chinese president still has a period of six years left in his tenure, there are speculations that he will face no strong challenges around the country if he chooses to remain in power when his current tenure expires.

Being a “core leader” is synonymous with the “highest-ranking leader”.

In the long history of China, only three persons have held such positions as Xi Jinping – Mao Zedong, reformist leader Deng Xiaoping, and his successor Jiang Zemin. All three men were accorded respect as “core leaders” of their generations.

Rumors are rife that the incumbent president Xi, is more likely be become the greatest of all. The speculations are not far-fetched from the fact that five out of seven members of the CPC’s Standing Committee will retire from office next year.

China’s standing committee holds the highest governmental powers as the “epitome of collective leadership”.

According to a report from Xinhua News Agency, two senior military officers were expelled from the party over corruption charges.

The officers are Fan Changmi, former deputy political commissar of Lanzhou Military Command, and Niu Zhizhong, once a deputy commander of the paramilitary People’s Armed Police.

President Xi Jinping has sworn to clean the country’s military of bad eggs. He says ending corruption in the military is a goal that must be accomplished.

Fan was under investigation since 2014, but this is the first time Niu was also investigated for graft, according to reports.