The world would see the rise of China like never before after the Constitution of China has enshrined President Xi Jinping’s political philosophy alongside those of Mao and Deng Xiaoping to establish a powerful socialist country by 2050.
Xi Jinping was named chairman of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Military Commission (CMC) on Wednesday at the first plenary session of the 19th CPC Central Committee in an extension of his formidable political influence. Xi then unveiled the new China’s top ruling council of six members– the Communist party’s politburo standing committee, the most senior decision-making body in the Chinese Communist party. Xu Qiliang and Zhang Youxia were named vice chairmen of the CMC.
The major powers and the East Asian countries should take note of the emerging and the evolving scenario to reorient themselves to counter or to move ahead of China to maintain their respective positions.
The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (NCCPC) has out a goal to establish a modern socialist country by 2050 based on the principles of democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious and balancing an ecological environment for the progress of the country to start a new era. The Xi’s ideology also contains warning against any interference from outside in a sense that if there is any disruption from any quarter then “China will not hesitate to strike back with sharp strategic force and if necessary,prepare for a full scale showdown,” even if that may delay the realization of its goal for 2050. Thus China’s burgeoning military arsenal and the increase in capabilities will impact the regional security. Highlighting his ambitious targets to be achieved during the next 30 years, Xi said, “From 2035 to 2050, China should become a nation with pioneering global influence by boosting national security and the party would resolutely protect its sovereignty and interests. ”
He has pledged to step up ideological guidance within the party, strengthen its anti-corruption campaign, retain the government’s grip on China’s national security matters concerning Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and matters linked to land and maritime territorial interests.
By tradition, the party changes its head every 10 years. Xi began his first five-year term during the last congress, and the party has re apponited him for his second five-year term and also providing him he absolute authority to reshape the architectural mission of China to emerge as a global power.
“Here, on behalf of the newly elected central leadership, I wish to express our heartfelt thanks to all other members of the party for the trust they have placed in us. We will work diligently to meet our duty, fulfill our mission and be worthy of their trust,” Xi said in a 21-minute address that marks the formal start of his second term.
“The Chinese people and nation have a great and bright future ahead,” Xi said. Xi has described his concept as central to setting China on the path of securing a “decisive victory in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects”. Setting the target dates of 2021 – the 100th anniversary of the party’s founding – and the People’s Republic’s centenary in 2049 – for the establishment of a prosperous, modern society.
Xi’s vision was evident from his last tenure of five years when China seized control of South China Sea and also claimed to dominate many maritime channels along with establishing One Belt One Road of integrating economies from Asia to Europe to increase inter-dependency among nations and continents. Therefore, it is not difficult to understand the underline concept of Xi’s China as it would try to resolve boundary disputes keeping in mind its national interests.
Xi’s ambition is to make China an economic power with world class military force. China will counter US intervention by terming its move as defending the regional security interest and own hype of ‘peaceful rise’ with Chinese characteristics.
By: Arti Bali