Xi’s thought to be added to party constitution

A woman poses as she playing a Tencent's smartphone game called "A Great Speech, clap for Xi Jinping" in Beijing, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. Ordinary young Chinese may not have paid close attention to Xi Jinping's 3-and-a-half hour marathon speech this week, but they're happy to "applaud" the president in the newest viral phenomenon to sweep China's internet. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

BEIJING (The Japan News/ANN) – The political thought presented as party guidelines on Wednesday by Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China and the Chinese president, is expected to be incorporated into the party’s constitution under the name “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era.”

A bill to amend the party’s constitution is scheduled to be adopted on Tuesday, the last day of the party’s 19th National Congress.

The party’s guidelines include the theories and principles of four former Chinese leaders, but only two are specified: Mao Zedong Thought, and Deng Xiaoping Theory. With the use of “thought,” which is more important than “theory,” Xi will establish an authority that goes down in the party’s history along with Mao’s.

Xi presented his thought in a political report on Wednesday, but it is believed he left out his name. Delegates held panel discussions on Wednesday and Thursday, and senior party officials voiced support for establishing Xi’s thought as the party’s guiding thought, on the assumption it be incorporated into the constitution.

The particular wording for his thought has already appeared in handout literature at press conferences by senior officials of the party’s organizations.

People related to the party told The Yomiuri Shimbun that thought by Xi bearing his name will “certainly” be stipulated in the constitution.

By Seiichiro Takeuchi