The general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, Xi Jinping, has been inspired by his own scrupulously scripted celebrations of the party’s centenary in July to drive China back towards the future.

He has moved swiftly as the party’s second century starts, intensifying the core programs already underway to rein in the private sector and especially its most successful entrepreneurs. Xi is also reconstructing school and university curricula to focus on CCP dogma and ‘Xi Jinping thought’, and has striven to build support in the ‘masses’ beyond the party to return China to Mao-era party verities.

Thus, Xi anticipates, an unstoppable demand from inside and outside the CCP will insist on his reappointment for a further five-year term and effectively for another decade, at the 2022 party congress, which will also fully endorse his top priority: to ‘stay true to the Party’s founding mission’.

The politburo has announced that the sixth plenum of the 19th party congress will meet in November, because, ‘A review of the major achievements made and the historical experience accumulated during the Party’s 100 years of endeavor is needed for the new course of fully building a modern socialist country … and for upholding General Secretary Xi Jinping’s core position at the CPC Central Committee and in the whole Party, as well as the authority of the Party’s Central Committee and its centralized, unified leadership.’

Please click here to read the full “Helmsman Xi takes China back to the future” article published at The Strategist, written by Griffith Asia Institute Industry Fellow, Rowan Callick.