China’s President Xi Jinping gets applauded for his perseverance in getting a historic third term as president of China. He gave a recent speech on Monday as he arrived for the closing session of the National Congress. This position was granted to him after he was held as the head of the Chinese Communist Party and the military for an extension of five years in October.
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Around 3,000 members of China’s Parliament voted in majority in the Great Hall for electing Xi as president, as there appeared to be no other candidates of similar stature. He was also unanimously elected to the central military commission of the country.
Media reports popularly reflect Jinping as the most powerful leader witnessed in China for generations. His electoral extension for the next five years supersedes other leaders, as he manages to get the majority in the world’s most populous nation against the backdrop of a long line of political precedents.
The National People’s Congress, or the Chinese Parliament, also positioned Li Quiang as the new prime minister for the coming term.
Xi Jinping’s speech gained the spotlight.
The recent speech by Xi seemed to popular media as a cautiously set ceremony where he took an oath by placing his hands on China’s constitution.
In his speech, Xi thanked the thousands of delegates present at Beijing’s Great Hall for their support. He also vowed to ensure that he will keep the needs of the country and the interests of the people as the yardstick for his political decisions in the future.
He vowed to construct China as a powerful, democratic, peaceful, and modern socialist country. He even mentioned fulfilling his duties to the motherland and being faithful toward his duties as he promised to work honestly for the greater good of China.
He also assured other leaders of the importance of the country’s security as a bedrock for the country’s growth. To him, providing stability becomes a channel to prosperity.
He ensured to take up the modernization of the military and other national defense sources as his new agenda. He also promised to strengthen the armed forces to effectively guard against national security, liberty, and developmental projects.
He also argued for stabilizing the economy in Hong Kong and unifying the self-ruled island of Taiwan under their rule, as Beijing still maps it under its territory.
Finally, he concluded his speech with charm by proclaiming to take the trust of the people on his shoulders throughout his course, as to him it’s the biggest responsibility he owes. His determination to embolden the issue of national security gave him an edge and garnered appreciation from his delegates.
Challenges to Xi’s leadership
As per media reports, it’s only under Jinping’s leadership that the country has taken an authoritative approach and gained control after a decade of his tenure. Although this extension of tenure comes amid an adversarial relationship with the U.S. and Washington concerning Taiwan. Also, it happens in the background of Beijing’s shouldering of principles of human rights and trade.
The economy is still staggering from the heavy blow received by Xi’s enforced zero-COVID policy, weakening business links, and a decrease in global demand for Chinese goods, leading to a decrease in confidence among consumers.
The last year’s economic growth of 3 percent led to a huge fall already brought China to the bottom of the list concerning its economic performance for decades. However, this year it somehow sets a decent growth rate of 5 percent for this year under Xi’s extended tenure.