Chinese President Xi Jinping has secured a third term as president of the country, following his rise through China’s political ranks and the abolition of presidential term limits in 2018. At the Chinese Communist Party’s 20th National Congress in October, Xi solidified his control of the ruling party by appointing loyalists to the highest circle of leadership. The delegates also approved a proposal to restructure the State Council, which is the Chinese government’s top executive body.
Xi’s continued leadership comes with increased expectations for the ruling Communist Party to exert more direct control over the government. The restructuring of the State Council is seen as a step towards this goal. The plan is expected to streamline operations and improve efficiency, while also consolidating power in the hands of a smaller group of leaders.
Critics of Xi and the Communist Party fear that the increased concentration of power in the party could lead to a more authoritarian government and limit individual freedoms. The abolishment of presidential term limits was met with criticism from some who saw it as a move towards a one-man rule similar to that of Mao Zedong.
Despite these concerns, Xi has continued to push for the dominance of China on the global stage through initiatives such as the Belt and Road infrastructure project and the development of advanced technologies. He has also been faced with challenges such as the ongoing trade war with the US and the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
Xi’s third term as president solidifies his position as one of China’s most powerful leaders in recent history. His continued leadership will likely bring both opportunities and challenges for China, as the country seeks to balance its economic growth with its political ambitions.