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2017-10-25 16:24
Middle Kingdom at critical crossroads

Chinese President Xi Jinping has been crowned his country’s supreme leader endowed with absolute powers rivaling emperors. In the just-ended People’s Congress, the 64-year-old had his philosophy bearing his name enshrined in the Constitution of the omnipotent Communist Party. Mao Zedong, the founder of the modern China, had previously been the only living leader with such an honor.

Plus, there are few hints about Xi’s successor after his new five-year leash on power expires, leaving open the possibility of another extension.

With this emperor-like power, Xi is being closely watched for hints on how he will lead the world’s most populous nation, the second-largest economy that may replace the U.S. as No. 1 sooner than expected, and the contender for the status of the world’s most powerful nation.

He may take this leviathan nation in two directions _ on the “Great Helmsman’s” path of terror by sacrificing its people for the purpose of the state often at his personal whims, or on a new road that seeks the best interests of his country and the world.

So far, Xi’s choice is unclear. His thought boils down to “Socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era.” But the question is whether this will be an extension of Deng Xiaoping’s version based on the free market, private ownership and foreign investment, or a setback from it.

What Xi has achieved in his first five-year term shows he is inclined to take his nation on the ambitious path to unprecedented prosperity and superpower status _  the “One road, one belt” initiative of linking the world together being a good example.

What worries the world is Xi’s inferiority complex and sense of vendetta for the subjugation of his country by Japan and the West _ the Opium Wars and imperial Japan’s Invasion of Manchuria.

In his closing speech, Xi declared his pursuit of the Chinese dream of great revival. That dream is given clarity when it is remembered he opened the congress by saying, “No nation can dare to imagine China will suffer losses and swallow bitter fruits.” It has an eerie Trumpian ring to it.

There could be a couple of indicators about Xi’s intentions. One is about his policy toward the U.S. Soon, President Trump will visit Beijing to meet Xi. The Chinese president may bare his pursuit of hegemony in the region in unmistakable terms as the country’s old emperors did. For instance, he could dismiss Trump’s pressure tactics on North Korea or the South China Sea.

Worthy of note is his immediate approach toward the U.S. missile interceptor in the South that Beijing opposes vehemently. Xi has been expected to ease on Seoul after the Beijing meeting.

The world needs a new constructive leadership at a time when the U.S. is faltering. It is a collective wish to see Xi rise up to the challenge and offer an alternative.

 

 

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