Further to this post,
the cult of personality is getting cultier:
Xi Jinping Assuming New Status as China’s ‘Core’ Leader
China’s president, Xi Jinping, has already grasped more power more quickly than his two recent predecessors, and he has shown a taste for audacious decisions and a loathing for dissent. But a new push to praise him as China’s “core” leader, a term resonant with the formidable stature once held by Deng Xiaoping, suggests that his steely quest for dominance is not over.
As Mr. Xi confronts economic challenges and prepares to pick a fresh cohort of subordinates, he has demanded that Communist Party officials close ranks around him more tightly than ever, and references to Mr. Xi as the “core” leader have become a daily occurrence in China’s state-run news media.
In the stagecraft of Chinese politics, formulaic expressions like “core” are tokens of power. Officials have suggested that hailing Mr. Xi as a leader of such stature — one in the footsteps of Deng, who ruled China through its transformation after Mao’s death — carries a warning not to question, let alone challenge, his authority as the government navigates turbulent changes…
Top Dragon Keeps Clamping His Talons Down
One wonders if President Xi’s increasingly autocratic actions will have any impact on our new government as it hopes to sunny up relations with China…