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Xi Jinping made China less free

Xi Jinping made China less free

“North, south, east, west and center; the party is the leader of everything.” The words come from Xi Jinping and give a picture of how the Communist Party he leads has stretched its tentacles almost everywhere. He has made the country more authoritarian, imprisoned those with wrong opinions and made sure that ” Xi’s thoughts are part of the constitution.

The Chinese Communist Party has been in Xi Jinping’s veins since his birth. He is one of the so-called crown princes of the party, and is the son of a revolutionary veteran, Shi Zhongxun, who held senior positions in the party under both Mao and Deng Xiaoping.

family history reflects the party’s turmoil. During the Cultural Revolution, Father Shi Zhongxun turned from an admirer to an enemy of the people. On charges of conspiring against Mao, he was expelled from the party for 16 years.

Mao Zedong, circa 1960.

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Bullying also affected young Xi Jinping, who was sent to poor rural areas in Shaanxi Province for manual labor. His residence is located in a cave in Liangjiahe Village and is now one of the attractions of the so-called “Red Tourism” .

But the harsh treatment of the family, as the mother was sent to forced labor in Henin Province, did not force Xi Jinping to distance himself from the Communist Party.

But the harsh treatment of the family, as the mother was sent to forced labor in Henin Province, did not force Xi Jinping to distance himself from the Communist Party.

On the contrary, during his seven years in the cave, his political career began and when the Cultural Revolution ended and schools were back again, he entered one of the country’s elite universities with the help of his father. The father is now considered “rehabilitated”.

When Xi Jinping was elected leader in 2012, he was relatively unknown. But he had an important quality. He had no enemies, everyone could accept him. In addition, he was married to folk singer Peng Liyuan, known for his performance of national percussion.

Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan in Macau 2019.

Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan in Macau 2019.

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as a leader He emphasized ideology more than his representatives and made it mandatory for public servants to regularly study “Xi Jinping Thoughts”.

He cultivated a personality cult similar to that of Mao and launched an early anti-corruption campaign that resulted in many casualties. In addition to removing mold, work is also a way to remove enemies.

How long Xi Jinping has been in charge is an unwritten tea paper. It eliminated the previous time limit for two five-year terms and most people believe it will remain after next year’s party convention.

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