What does it mean to be written into the constitution? Well, in China it means that you have A LOT of power! Very few leaders have been written into China’s constitution. In fact, until recently, there were only two: Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. But that changed last week when China’s ruling Communist Party unanimously voted to incorporate current Chinese President Xi Jinping’s thoughts into the constitution. What’s the official title of these thoughts? “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for the New Era”—can you say that three times fast? All joking aside, this is a really big deal. To some experts of Chinese history, President Xi Jinping’s thoughts mark the third chapter in China’s modern history. The first was when Mao Zedong united the country after a devastating civil war and formed the Communist Party. The second was when China grew wealthy under Communist Party leader Deng Xiaoping. This latest chapter marks continuous growth in wealth, unity, and strength within the country and abroad. But what was President Xi thinking exactly? Well, his “thoughts” covered a lot, including a promise of “harmonious living between man and nature,” unification, and “complete and deep reform.” In other words, President Xi is looking to make China a super power at home and overseas by improving the environment, unifying the people, and cracking down on corruption, among other things. So, what now? President Xi has been named the “core” leader of China, making him the most powerful man of a country that 1.3 billion people call home. Only time will tell if President Xi will live up to his thoughts, but the people of China are hopeful, and the Communist Party stands behind their decision and their leader.
November 3, 2017