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This week's unveiling of a new Politburo Standing Committee included no clear successor to Xi Jinping.
Chinese President Xi Jinping continued his parade of unadulterated power Wednesday as the world was introduced to a Politburo Standing Committee that included no clear successor.
The six men stood and were introduced, each performing a short bow in turn, before Xi guided interested parties to pursue media inquiries to find out more about them.
Earlier during the week-long 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CCP), Xi had promised to usher in a “new era” of Chinese power and presence on the international stage.
Apparently though, a new era does not require new blood, just “a new look” as suggested by Xi, as all the men, immaculately coiffured as usual, were all in their 60s and included no younger man who might step up to take the helm in five years time.
This breaks an unwritten convention that has ensured the transition of Party leader in relatively stable fashion, each taking a decade-long tenure, since the time of Deng Xiaoping.
Analysts suggests that Xi’s dominance of the Party and its institutions may suggest that the era of consensus rule is over, particularly with Xi, 64, enshrining himself along Mao Zedong in the Party Constitution.
In Taiwan meanwhile, President Tsai Ing-wen responded to the pomp an circumstance by declaring the situation “a turning point for change” in cross-Strait relations. China responded by reiterating its commitment to the “one China” principle.