27 Oct 2016: Chinese President Xi Jinping, in addition to his many other impressive titles, is now officially referred to as “the core of the Chinese Communist Party.” The title grants Xi greater power and authority over the country.
It sounds like just another title but it is highly symbolic in China.
It was originally granted to Chairman Mao Zedong and since then to two of his successors as leader – Deng Xiaoping, the man who remodeled China’s economy, and President Jiang Zemin. – CNN
18 Oct 2015: Chinese President Xi Jinping starts a five-day visit to UK from Tuesday. The state visit is the first from China in 10 years – since 2005.
25 Sept: Chinese President Xi Jinping is visiting USA to meet businesses in Seattle and President Obama in Washington DC (top).
Chinese President Xi Jinping is in Pakistan on a two-day visit. A fleet of eight JF-17 Thunder fighter jets receives him. Xi signs energy and infrastructure projects worth $46 billion including China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Gwadar projects.
So, who’s Xi Jinping?
In Forbes magazine’s 2014 list of The World’s Most Powerful People, Xi is at #3, after Russia’s Putin (#1) and USA’s Obama (#2).
Forbes writes: Xi Jinping holds all three offices required to be China’s paramount leader, and after two years in office has become what some have called the most powerful Chinese ruler since Mao Zedong.
In October, he took the additional title as chief of the world’s largest economy, valued at $17.6 trillion. Xi was quick to see the benefits of privatisation-friendly reforms and further signs of fresh thinking are everywhere.
He has a surprisingly assertive public profile, even allowing the state media to publish a day-in-the-life account of his workday.
Xi has fought harder than his predecessors against corruption and in favor of greater economic and security alliances.
BBC calls Xi Jinpinga a princeling who ‘owns’ China.
According to BBC:
Before President Xi Jinping came to power, some questioned whether he would be able to rule effectively. At the time, the Communist Party appeared to be paralysed by infighting.
But that did not hinder Xi Jinping. He seized his position at the top of China’s ruling Communist Party with gusto.
In a year, the confident Mr Xi has made remarkable strides. He is sitting at the forefront of the country’s most ambitious economic and social reform plan in decades.
China also has a new vision in the form of Mr Xi’s “China dream“, the idea that Chinese citizens can attain national glory if they work as a collective. A campaign to eliminate government waste and bureaucracy makes daily headlines.
So far, 40,000 government officials have been disciplined for graft violations. A further 10,000 have been fired from their jobs, allowing the government to recoup $65 billion in illicit funds.
Many of those officials are “flies”, low-ranking officials with little power. But several “tigers”, high-ranking party chiefs, have also fallen under the campaign.
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The speed at which Xi Jinping accumulated power and the ease at which he uses it can be traced to his political pedigree, Cheng Li explains. The president is a “princeling”, the son of one of the Communist Party’s founding members.
“A princeling has a sense of ownership of the country,” Mr Cheng says of Mr Xi and his closest allies. “Both Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao, the leaders who led China for the past 10 years, came from humble family backgrounds.”
They were seen as managers, but the “owners” of the system find it easier to fix some of the country’s problems, Mr Cheng believes. For example, they have close ties with the people who run China’s all-powerful state-owned corporations.
“So they can force their own people to surrender some of the power and therefore open China’s economic system and thus promote China’s economic reform.”