Xi to use new status to spur development in Africa

Written By: Eric Biegon in Beijing, China
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President Xi Jinping now says he will use his new status in the Chinese society to positively influence lives in developing countries.

Xi says his thoughts present an alternative approach to challenges facing many countries.

Speaking immediately after the Communist Party enshrined his ideologies in its constitution, the Chinese leader argued that the path, theory, system and culture of socialism with Chinese characteristics have kept developing, blazing a new trail for other developing countries to achieve modernization.

“It offers a new option for other countries and nations who want to speed up their development while preserving their independence; and it offers Chinese wisdom and a Chinese approach to solving the problems facing mankind,” he told the CPC congress.

Since assumption to office, President Xi has been pushing for the development of a community with a shared future for mankind, and has constantly encouraged the evolution of the global governance system.

Belt & Road in the Constitution

To realize this objective, President Xi has championed several initiatives key among them is the One Belt One Road framework (OBOR) which he maintains will be the greatest catalyst for development in the world today.

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This determination could not be clearer given that among other major amendments to its constitution, the communist party has enshrined OBOR in its laws. The project of the century as envisioned by President Xi is now part of the party and country’s constitution.

In the revised constitution of the Communist Party of China, the party states that ….(China) will uphold Justice while pursuing shared interests, work to build a community of shared future for mankind, follow the principle of achieving shared growth through discussion and collaboration and pursue the Belt and Road initiative.”

A number of African countries including Kenya and Ethiopia were among the first countries to append signatures to be part of the framework. President Xi promptly injected 100 billion dollars to the program during the launch In Beijing this year. The Chinese leader further launched the Silk Road Fund to finance mega projects in member countries.

Recently, Beijing announced that a number of developing countries have expressed interest, seeking inclusion in the initiative. It disclosed that several applications have been received and are currently undergoing review but insists that all countries, especially those developing are free to join.

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Many within CPC perceive Belt and Road as the best avenue for President Xi to interconnect Asia, Africa and Europe.

Xi’s Thoughts

On Tuesday, the Communist Party of China (CPC), elevated the status of president Xi Jinping in the country’s leadership by incorporating his thoughts in the party constitution. This move by the ruling party effectively installed President Xi as the most powerful leader in China after founding President Mao Zedong.

The decision on whether or not to entrench Xi’s philosophy into the party constitution had been under consideration for some time now. And after much expectation, the communist party, which has been meeting for the last one week, finally voted unanimously to enshrine the Chinese leader’s ideologies into its laws establishing “Xi’s Thought” as a new component of the Party’s guide for action.

More than 2,300 delegates, who have been meeting in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People for the once-in-every-five-years congress, approved the inclusion of Xi Jinping’s thought on socialism with Chinese characteristics for the new era in a bid “to address major questions of our times.”

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The new status acquired by president Xi appears even more solidified by the fact that during the voting, not a single delegate objected the move to enshrine his thoughts in the party constitution, signaling a new era in China.

Soon after this solemn undertaking, Xi called on delegates to the congress to “study, observe, apply and uphold the Party Constitution, and closely follow the CPC Central Committee in thinking, political orientation and actions.”

“In our Party, each and every one of us must always breathe the same breath as the people, share the same future, and stay truly connected to them,” he said. “The aspirations of the people to live a better life must always be the focus of our efforts.” He said.

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