A false hero or China’s salvation
Local media channels within China have presented President Xi as a hero who has steered the Chinese economy away from financial disaster and common experiences of poverty and a lack of wealth which current world leaders in Western countries have appeared to have been caught up in due to the pandemic. With the ambition of Xi Jinping growing even stronger as he puts forward a plan to reduce or almost eliminate poverty and create an urbanized and robust nation by 2035. These developments are carefully crafted and observed by the chair of lawmakers consisting of roughly 3,000 individuals who will be analyzing and investigating the annual and daily success of what is set to be China’s 14th four year plan set to take place as a building block for the nations future over the next decade.
The mindset that China’s president has developed strikes resemblance to that of the US’s current leader and traditional ideological framework as all of president Xi Jinping’s most recent visits in 2012 highlights a deep interest in understanding American military developments, key business leaders and political influencers and openly declared that, ’’China is the world's largest developing country, while the United States is the world's largest developed country.’’
History Beckons new or old outcomes
The world has been watching in eager anticipation as history has previously never witnessed a world power rise at such an impressive pace with the China ousting its competitors in various markets in roughly three decades and the nation likely to lead the US economy during Xi’s presidency likely, with China experiencing an initial rate of profit increase from $2bn when relations with the US were opened up in 1979 and profits skyrocketing during the previous year amassing a total of $600bn in gains. With the Chinese president having given suggestions to quite an intricate course of action, particularly around a Cold War like tension and rivalry in a mind boggling speech in Seattle during 2015, as follows, "there is no such thing as the so-called Thucydides trap in the world. But should major countries time and time again make the mistakes of a strategic miscalculation, they might create such traps for themselves.’’ The speech cleverly highlighted the current nature of relations between China and the U.S. as being similar to that of the Athenians and Spartans 2,500 years ago.
Source: Politico Magazine
However, China on the surface may seem to be successfully developing across different provinces and diversifying the amount of products it offers, Xi has clarified that, on various dimensions, "the West is strong and the East is weak,’’ as evidenced by reports listed on local party sites. Moreover, the Biden administration has outlined its intentions to hold China accountable for acts against human rights as well as overtake its technological developments as well as the sphere of influence in Asia. Significantly, China faces numerous issues and obstacles towards its successful growth as it has to grip and deal with an aging population, an economy that uses far too many resources and energy and causes a great deal of pollution. China also faces the issue of disparity and an angered population who demand reform, as most recognizable in Hong Kong, with antigovernmental protests headlining world news as the Communist Party deepened its oppression on freedom of rights on Chinese citizens in the coastal city. Critically during president Xi’s leadership, a consolidation over Chinese goals and policies over his subjects and aims to control the behaviour and wishes of 1.4 billion people reshaping the People’s Liberation Army as well as the Chinese Communist Party and their daily practices as he aims to centralize the nation’s overall efforts to modernize against its western rivals with a political scientist and expert, Zbigneuw Brzezinski who served as a professional counselor to former U.S. president Lyndon B.Johnson carefully went on to describe the features of a totalitarian government which China under its current leadership resembles closely. This is clarified by Xi’s dominance over ideological viewpoints, a single party led by one individual, special police as well as influence over mass communications which Xi Jinping aims to establish a New Era of socialism focusing on shaping ideological constructs of Chinese citizens from an early age.
While Xi has built a solid following base in the last few years, often referring to the China of old and arguing his position amongst famous Chinese leaders Mao Zhedong and Deng Xiaoping as he looks set to make China a global and independent powerhouse. With Beijing officials despite the nations inner conflicts emphasizing the US and its outer threat weighing on China’s potential rise as being the United States regardless of who may lead the nation from the Whitehouse.
Power hungry and unquestionable Xi
Xi Jinping has a tendency to eliminate his opposition's rights and silence their opinions as was made clear due to his sentencing of a major critic, billionaire, Ren Zhiqiang having been placed in prison for 18 years on what Xi has crafted up as being so called corruption charges. This combined with the Chinese government's removal of constitutional term limits has given way for Xi to rule for longer than any previous Chinese leadership if he chooses at will and Xi looks to have no clear successor mentioned or in line and is set to continue his term well beyond the supposed end of his term in November of 2022 with all his competitors considered too old to run as the age cap is 68 years to start a term.
Xi’s power may be undeniable in China however overseas experts such as Richard McGregor a senior research fellow for the Sydney based Lowy institute goes on to state, "China’s ability to have peaceful transfers of power has been one of the Party’s greatest achievements and I don’t see how that’s a good idea to throw that out of the window.’’
-Richardt Schoonraad and Srijita Chakrabarti