On October 23, the seventh Standing Committee of the CCP appeared at a press conference.
Among the seven new members of the CCP’s Politburo, Xi Jinping was “naturally” re-elected, and four confidants have become four permanent members, showing that Xi’s power has reached a peak. However, the backdrop at the press conference was different from before, a blood-red color (2:10:40) had replaced the national map, and the mountainous landscape painting (representing the country) had disappeared. Netizens enthusiastically discussed that this was a harbinger of the CCP’s downfall.
A netizen posted on Twitter, “I have seen an omen. The 17th, 18th and 19th unveiling ceremonies are different from the 20th. The appearance of the Standing Committee this time has wiped out the country.”
Another commented, “Good omen! Congratulations!”
And another comment, “How should I put it? Very fitting, the last team.”
In addition, Xi Jinping’s report mentioned the relationship between the CCP and the Chinese people, saying, “The country belongs to the people, and the people are the country.”
Some netizen commented, “The country belongs to the people. But the country (the mountainous landscape painting) is gone? The country is lost.”
Another pointed out, “The country is still there, but it’s covered in fresh blood.”
Yu Maochun: Xi Jinping feels very insecure
Some analysts believe that compared with the previous Party congress report, some content in Xi’s report has changed slightly but significantly. Xi has tied everything to the security of the CCP. Economic development has fallen from view. The focus of the future brings “struggle” back into the Party constitution, showing that the CCP’s rule is already in a precarious state.
Xi’s report contained a new chapter on national security, which addresses security issues such as “regime security,” “system security,” and “ideological security.”
Yu Maochun, a former China policy adviser to the U.S. State Department, told Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA) that, unlike the 19th National Congress, Xi no longer talked about his mission but focused heavily on security, revealing his deep sense of insecurity.
Currently, China’s economy is collapsing, the unemployment rate is skyrocketing, the endless lockdowns and restrictions are harming businesses and people’s lives, and the real estate industry is also in crisis. The CCP’s “wolf warrior” diplomacy and frequent provocations against Taiwan have further strained relations between the CCP and major powers in Europe and the United States, and Xi’s third term is fraught with challenges.
With the conclusion of the CCP’s 20th National Congress, the authorities did not indicate that they need to think about domestic and foreign policies. On the contrary, they decided to maintain the strict “zero-COVID” policy. Many observers are not optimistic about China’s future direction.
CNN reported that absolute power often means absolute responsibility, and as problems grow, Xi will have less opportunity to shirk responsibility.
During the 20th National, people’s protests continued
On launch night of the CCP’s new Standing Committee, two young women in Shanghai held an anti-Xi banner in the street.
A video, posted by NTD Mainland News on Youmaker on October 25, shows them holding a banner that reads: “Don’t want, don’t want, don’t want,” reminiscent of Peng Zaizhou’s banners on Sitong Bridge in Beijing: “No PCR tests, we want food. No restrictions, we want freedom. No lies, we want dignity. No Cultural Revolution, we want reform. No leaders, we want votes. No being slaves, we want to be citizens.”
Three days before the 20th National Congress, two anti-Xi banners were hung on the Sitong Bridge in Beijing.
One of the banners called on residents to “strike at school and work, eliminate the dictator and national traitor Xi Jinping.”. The protest is seen as a true expression of Chinese public opinion.
Although the authorities have strictly blocked videos and information about the Sitong Bridge protest, videos are still being circulated overseas, and international mainstream media has also reported on it. Later, similar protest slogans appeared in Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Shenzhen, …
The two women’s protest in Shanghai is said to be a continuation of the Sitong Bridge incident, attracting the attention of passersby. Their companions sang “The Internationale.” During the march, one man said, “I’ve always wanted to do this.” Steve Tsang, director of the China Institute at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), said that when Xi makes a big mistake in policy implementation, causing chaos in China, it will only make the CCP collapse more quickly.