China’s Xi Jinping disappoints world by promoting Maoist revival

Xi Jinping

Xi Jinping

In a move sure to dismay the people inside and outside China who hoped Xi Jinping would begin a new era of democratic reform, China’s president has “lurched” to the left, as the WSJ reports, promoting a revitalised version of nationalist Maoism across the country.

”Our red nation will never change colour,” Xi said during a ceremony at Mao’s old lakeside mansion in Wuhan, declaring that the villa should become a centre to educate young people about patriotism and revolution.

“It isn’t just Mr. Xi’s rhetoric that has taken on a Maoist tinge in recent months,” the Journal reports. “He has borrowed from Mao’s tactical playbook, launching a ‘rectification’ campaign to purify the Communist Party, while tightening limits on discussion of ideas such as democracy, rule of law and enforcement of the constitution.”

Xi appears to have capitalised on some uncertainty at the top levels of the Party after the fall of Bo Xilai, a charismatic and popular leader who also led a Maoist revival campaign and became a threat to the stability of the Party leadership.

“Many of Mr. Bo’s former supporters and several powerful princelings have thrown their weight behind Mr. Xi’s efforts to establish himself as much a stronger leader than his predecessor,” party insiders told the WSJ.

Xi’s nationalist streak comes as the country prepares for Bo Xilai’s trial and amid an economic downturn that has caused worry among investors and analysts. At the same time, China and other Asian powers are engaged in a dangerous and accelerating game of military one-upmanship.

New ships and maritime units are being unveiled from India to the Philippines to Japan and territorial disputes are growing more intense. Across the region, this trend is driven in part by a rising nationalism among citizens—in Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, India, elsewhere—who push their governments into increasingly aggressive and antagonistic positions against the neighbors. China is no exception.

Source: The American Interest – China’s Xi “Lurches” to the Left, Promotes Maoist Revival
Xi Jinping photo courtesy of Shutterstock
 


Categories: Politics & Law

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

11 replies

  1. Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.

    Like

Trackbacks

  1. China’s rotational political succession system | China Daily Mail
  2. China’s economic slowdown is precisely what Xi Jinping wants | China Daily Mail
  3. In drive to strengthen one-party rule, China treats Internet ‘as ideological battlefield’ | pundit from another planet
  4. China President Xi Jinping Urges Military To Expand, Strengthen | China Daily Mail
  5. China President Xi Jinping Urges Military To Get its Freak On | pundit from another planet
  6. China launches full-scale internet propaganda war | China Daily Mail
  7. China broadcasts confession of Chinese-American blogger | China Daily Mail
  8. China State TV Broadcasts Chilling Confession of Celebrated Blogger Charles Xue | pundit from another planet
  9. How long can China’s Communist party survive? | pundit from another planet
  10. Mao Ce-tung jobban teljesít – Kitekintő

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: