Xi named as 'core' leader of China

China's President Xi Jinping speaking during the opening ceremony of the B20 Summit prior to the G20 Summit in Hangzhou.
China's President Xi Jinping speaking during the opening ceremony of the B20 Summit prior to the G20 Summit in Hangzhou. PHOTO: AFP

China's ruling Communist Party yesterday declared President Xi Jinping the "core" of its leadership, elevating his power status to a level enjoyed by past strongmen such as Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping.

The title, given in a communique after a four-day meeting of top party officials, indicates a substantial consolidation of power by Mr Xi ahead of a key party congress next year, at which a big shake-up will occur in the Politburo Standing Committee - the pinnacle of power in China.

Other key outcomes include revisions to a code of political conduct and a set of intra-party supervision regulations, both targeting high-ranking cadres, even those in the apex Politburo Standing Committee.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 28, 2016, with the headline 'Xi named as 'core' leader of China'. Print Edition | Subscribe