BEIJING – The Chinese Communist Party on Monday passed a sweeping resolution embracing Chinese President Xi Jinping for a second term.
The sweeping resolution, approved by 2,184 delegates and signed by the five other Politburo Standing Committee members, stresses that the new leadership will push forward Xi’s agenda of pushing China toward “new socialist construction.”
“Xi personally advocates the development of socialism with Chinese characteristics, and is the perfect symbol of that conviction,” the resolution said. “From upgrading China’s structural structure to modernizing its development outlook, we are resolutely carrying out those goals and driving forward the country’s economic and social development.”
Xi, 64, had largely been expected to win a second term at Sunday’s meeting in Beijing.
The resolution passed at the party’s Congress building was the ultimate guarantee of Xi’s standing and leadership in the party, and this congress is known as the General People’s Congress for its members.
The first party congress under Xi took place in 2012, and in it he won anointment as China’s fifth party leader. Xi took over the presidency a year later. The second congress was held in 2013 and that is when he was formally appointed to serve as general secretary of the party, which in this resolution signifies he won re-election for his position as party general secretary.
Two of the five Politburo Standing Committee members who attended the congress declined to go along with the resolution. Wang Yang, the party’s secretary-general of the economic planning department, and Yang Jiechi, the foreign policy chief, are not members of the Politburo and hence not a part of the Standing Committee.
Wang Yuncai, a member of the Communist Party of China in the western province of Qinghai, rejected the resolution, saying that the party was in the middle of a delicate transition and that it was “not right to discuss decisions when the party is in the middle of a leadership transition.”
“Today we are passing the first party congress under the new era, and the focus is on the leadership of Xi Jinping,” she said. “We shouldn’t talk about procedure, but take this moment to think about how we can move forward.”
The Congress is the first time that Xi will hold both top party leadership and a second term as president and he has been preparing for the weekend events. The Congress was called off in 1992 for a two-year national mourning period for the death of Mao Zedong.
Besides the convention itself, which took place without a public address, the conference was called to consider a draft constitution that lists Xi as head of state and the Soviet Communist Party as a “model” of a political system.
The draft, which was not approved, was expected to be released to the public later Monday.