Xi firmly in charge as China turns to legislative season

Published March 4, 2019, 10:54 AM

by AJ Siytangco

By the Associated Press

Chinese leader Xi Jinping appears firmly in charge despite a slowing economy, ongoing trade war with the US and rumbles of discontent over his concentration of power.

Chinese President Xi Jinping leaves after the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, Sunday, March 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan / MANILA BULLETIN)
Chinese President Xi Jinping leaves after the opening session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, Sunday, March 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan / MANILA BULLETIN)

The Chinese president and head of the ruling Communist Party looms large over the annual legislative session that starts Tuesday in a manner like no leader since Deng Xiaoping in the 1980s. Since assuming the party helm in 2012, he has eliminated rival factions, gutted civil society and extended his control through an anti-corruption campaign, media dominance and establishment of party bodies in private and foreign businesses.

Economic concerns are set to dominate the discourse at this year’s meetings of the National People’s Congress and its advisory body.

 
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