East Asia “Detailed coverage notes” (No. 179)
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On March 13, the National People’s Congress closed in Beijing. President Xi Jinping, who has begun an unprecedented third term as president, has been given “absolute power” as the emperor who once ruled China.
China’s official media summed up, “We ended the tournament with a victory,” but the winner was President Xi Jinping.
But in power struggles, there are winners and losers.
Below, I would like to look at the “four losers”. All of them are members of the “Danha” (Chinese Communist Youth League), linked to former President Hu Jintao, who was expelled from the chamber at the 20th Congress of the Communist Party last October .
Former Premier Li Keqiang ‘ignores cancer’ of Xi Jinping even after shaking hands
(1) Li Keqiang, Former Prime Minister
After being Xi Jinping’s biggest opponent of his generation for the past 15 years, he has finally retired from politics.
This time, there were two symbolic scenes regarding Mr. Li Keqiang. The first was on March 11, when the Party Standing Committee elected Li Qiang (second in the party) as the new prime minister in the Great Hall of the People. President Xi Jinping asked former Premier Li Keqiang, sitting next to him, to shake hands, and the two shook hands on stage.
Li Keqiang has served as the second premier of the State Council for 10 years under the Xi Jinping administration, so it is only natural that the top would appreciate his efforts.
The 2,947 representatives of the National People’s Congress who filled the hall also gave a big applause.
However, former Premier Li Keqiang himself “ignored” President Xi Jinping.