China’s ruling Communist Party set the ball rolling for a rare third term for President Xi Jinping as he was unanimously elected as a delegate for the party’s congress to be held once every five years in the coming months and which was widely expected to put a stamp of approval for its continuation.
Xi, 68, was elected a delegate to the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) at the party’s Guangxi Regional Congress unanimously on Friday, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
Xi was nominated by the CPC Central Committee as a candidate for a delegate to the 20th CPC National Congress, which is to be held in the second half of 2022, according to the report.
The Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region CPC Congress was held Thursday and Friday in the regional capital, Nanning.
The Congress, which is to be held in November, was apparently prepared as the leaders got there early given the complex and fluid domestic and international situation from the relapse of the COVID-19 virus in the country crippling Shanghai and The deepening Russian-Ukrainian war in which Beijing has been caught in the middle of mounting US pressure to break with Moscow, its close ally.
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