During the Communist Party’s National Conference in Beijing, senior officials at the conference have been “flattering and flattering” Xi Jinping, touting him as the helmsman who “steers the ship”. The Chinese official media took stock of the remarks and included them in high-profile articles. Some analysts believe that this is to build momentum for Xi Jinping’s re-election to the 20th National Congress.
The Communist Party’s National People’s Congress will close on March 11. The Communist Party’s Xinhua News Agency reported that during the session, senior officials focused on touting Xi after considering Premier Li Keqiang’s government work report.
Chen Miner, secretary of the Chongqing Municipal Party Committee, who is seen as Xi’s successor, touted “General Secretary Xi Jinping’s leadership at the helm.
Li Xi, secretary of the Guangdong Provincial Party Committee, claimed to have a deep understanding that “the General Secretary steering the ship” is “where our greatest confidence lies, where our strength lies”.
Cai Qi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Secretary of the Beijing Municipal Committee, attributed the so-called “achievements” in fighting epidemics and fighting poverty to “the fundamental fact that General Secretary Xi Jinping is at the helm and steering the ship”.
Fujian Provincial Party Secretary Yin Li also stated, “The achievements are not easy to come by, but fundamentally lies in General Secretary Xi Jinping’s steering and strong leadership of the Party Central Committee.”
Xi Jinping’s first secretary, Politburo member and director of the Central Office, Ding Xuexiang, stated in the Guizhou delegation that the Xi Core Central Committee “is the steadfast star of the great ship of China”.
Wang Chen, a member of the Politburo and vice chairman of the National People’s Congress, also touted Xi’s core as “the steering wheel of the entire party” when he attended the Zhejiang delegation’s deliberations.
In his speech, Shanghai Party Secretary Li Qiang touted the so-called achievements “as a result of General Secretary Xi Jinping’s steering and piloting.
Chen Quanguo, Party Secretary of the Xinjiang Autonomous Region of the Communist Party of China, presided over a meeting of the Xinjiang delegation and praised Xi for creating “two major miracles”, namely the so-called “rapid economic development and long-term social stability”.
Tianjin Party Secretary Li Hongzhong even touted Xi, saying that the Communist Party’s “glorious achievements that have attracted worldwide attention are fundamentally due to the helm and navigation of General Secretary Xi Jinping.
The report also listed senior officials who touted Xi as Liu He, Sun Chunlan, Yang Jiechi, Yang Xiaodu, Chen Xi, Hu Chunhua, Huang Kunming, You Quan, Zhang Chunxian, Shen Yueyue, Ji Bingxuan, Ai Liqin Yimingbhai, Chen Zhu, Baima Chilin, Ding Zhongli, Hao Mingjin, Cai Dafeng, Wu Weihua, Wang Yong, Wang Yi, Xiao Jie, Zhao Kezhi, Zhou Qiang, Chen Yiqin and others.
In this regard, commentator Zheng Zhongyuan told Voice of Hope that this latest round of praise for Xi at the Communist Party’s two sessions is relatively rare. The high-ranking officials’ remarks praising Xi were published in such a high-profile manner in the Xinhua News Agency’s press release, and they especially emphasized Xi’s title of “helmsman”, which is an imitation of Mao Zedong and even surpassed Mao. It is believed that this is also part of Xi’s campaign for his re-election to the 20th National Congress.
As the top echelon of the 20th Communist Party Congress changes in 2022, Xi Jinping began the New Year in 2021 with a series of moves to build momentum for his re-election. The party’s “ten bans”, the announcement of thousands of arrests, the claim that poverty eradication has created a so-called “miracle on earth”; a high-profile commemoration of Hua Guofeng and a study of party history; a special program produced by the official media to package Xi Jinping, and so on.
Zheng Zhongyuan said that the scale of the loyalty shows that there is still some implication that everyone is passing through. The large wave of allegiance and the trend of touting can show that the officialdom has degenerated, people have no character, officials have no morality, only touting the master as a priority, and there is no one in the court; secondly, the superficial allegiance does not represent the real loyalty, and once Xi is in trouble, the touters will scatter.
In fact, it is no longer a new topic for CCP officials to “flatter and flatter Xi Jinping and take advantage of the opportunity to express their loyalty”.
After the conclusion of the 19th Communist Party Congress, Xi Jinping’s touting by both the mainland’s private and official sectors once reached a peak.
The Communist Party’s Xinhua News Agency published a long article, giving Xi Jinping eight titles, including “the leader of the new era and a groundbreaking leader,” while the People’s Daily published a large front-page photo of Xi in a way that only Mao Zedong could.
In addition to the official media, Xi Jinping’s rhetoric has reached the highest level of praise from local party and government officials, as well as senior officials from central ministries and commissions.
Chen Guoduo, secretary of the Xinjiang Provincial Party Committee, ordered Xi Jinping’s portrait to be hung in every household; Cai Qi, secretary of the Beijing Municipal Party Committee, hailed Xi as “a wise leader, the chief architect of the new era, and the core of the Chinese Communist Party generation”; and Li Hongzhong, secretary of Tianjin, praised Xi as “the core of the core, the key of the key, and the fundamental of the fundamental. “.
Zhejiang Provincial Party Secretary Che Jun hailed Xi as “the one to whom all hearts and expectations belong”; Guangdong Provincial Secretary Li Xi hailed Xi Jinping as “the spiritual northern duo for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation”; Foreign Minister Wang Yi praised Xi’s diplomatic thinking as “the most important and most important of all. Foreign Minister Wang Yi praised Xi’s diplomatic thinking as “an innovation and transcendence of the traditional Western theory of international relations over the past 300 years”.
In 2017, shortly after the “Qianxinan Daily” in Guizhou labeled Xi Jinping the “Great Leader,” officials stepped in to call an emergency halt. The provincial propaganda department was ordered to hold a meeting and explicitly request that Xi’s propaganda be banned as “General Secretary Xi Jinping, the Great Leader” and instructed all institutions to remove all portraits with the above title.
After a period of strange disappearance of Xi Jinping’s propaganda, the Communist Party of China (CPC) released a report on Feb. 26, “The Great War on Epidemic“, after the 2020 virus epidemic spread rapidly around the world under the CPC’s information blockade, causing a large number of people to fall ill and die. The book “2020 China’s Fight Against the New Pneumonia Epidemic” was released on February 26.
According to official media, the 2 million-word book will be available in English, French, Spanish, Russian and Arabic. The book touts Xi’s supposed mission and commitment to the epidemic, his strategic foresight and leadership, and his “strong and effective” prevention and control of the epidemic.
The book was released at a Time when the global figures of infections and deaths are still climbing, especially in Hubei, an epidemic area where people are still desperate to survive, causing a flood of criticism on the Internet. Soon after, the book “The Great War Epidemic” was suddenly removed from the shelves. Netizens mocked Wang Huning, who was in charge of propaganda, for “sucking up to the horse’s hoof.
When Xi Jinping visited Wuhan, the site of the outbreak, on March 10 of the same year, Wang Zhonglin, the new secretary of the Wuhan Municipal Party Committee, inappropriately asked the people of Wuhan to be “grateful to the Party and to Xi Jinping,” which met with a public backlash and led the Wuhan authorities to hastily change their tune.