China's Xi Is Elevated To New Level, With Echoes Of Mao

A new Community Party amendment sets President Xi Jinping's "thought" alongside Marxism-Leninism and "Mao Zedong Thought." State media say it'll help China avoid the "Tacitus Trap."
Applause rained down for China's President Xi Jinping on Tuesday, as the Communist Party of China adopted his "thought." Xi (bottom center) was flanked by former presidents (from left) Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin, along with Premier Li Keqiang. Source: Qilai Shen

Using language not heard since the Mao Zedong era, the Communist Party of China has adopted Xi Jinping's ideas for Chinese socialism, embracing its president anew and adding his "thoughts" to the party constitution.

The party added a section with the formal title "Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era" on Tuesday, as it winds down the congress it holds

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