Xi's political ideas to be in Constitution

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during the 86th Interpol General Assembly at Beijing National Convention Centre in Beijing.
Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during the 86th Interpol General Assembly at Beijing National Convention Centre in Beijing. PHOTO: REUTERS

President Xi Jinping looks set to be confirmed as China's strongest leader since Deng Xiaoping.

Mr Xi's political ideas will be written into the Constitution of the Chinese Communist Party and will bear his name, unlike those of his two predecessors, a party statement has signalled.

The two presidents before Mr Xi - Mr Jiang Zemin and Mr Hu Jintao - had their contributions added to the party Constitution only after they stepped down from office.

The rendering of their political ideas also did not carry their names.

But the wording in the statement appears to signal that Mr Xi's ideas will not enter the party charter as "Xi Jinping Thought", which would put it on the same footing as Mao Zedong Thought and Deng Xiaoping Theory. This represents a minor setback for Mr Xi, say analysts.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 15, 2017, with the headline 'Xi's political ideas to be in Constitution'. Print Edition | Subscribe