The Chinese President Xi Jinping might have been ruling with an iron fist. Also, it is quite evident that he has been on the frontlines in transforming the CCP into a dictatorial organization that supports quashing individual freedom and undermining the authority of corporates in the name of preserving nationalistic sentiment.
Although, it would not be entirely faulty to state that Xi is a very efficient politician who successfully solidified his position as the leader of the second biggest economy of the world. Xi might have little opposition within the country to dethrone him but something else has come up to claim his seat and he wouldn’t be able to do a thing about it.
Xi’s time is up
Chinese President Xi Jinping recently reached Kazakhstan on the first leg of a three-day trip. He embarked on his first trip outside China’s borders since January 2020 on Wednesday, beginning in Kazakhstan and then traveling to Uzbekistan for a Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit.
Reports and videos citing first visuals suggest Xi’s health is in a failing state. His failing health might be the reason behind him isolating himself since Covid. Xi has not left China since a visit to Myanmar shortly before Beijing began locking down the country in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan. The leader had even avoided Hong Kong until June.
Many other reasons have also contributed extensively to Xi’s decision to stay in town. Anxiety about power struggles at home just before the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is one of those reasons. Moreover, constraints of the zero-COVID policy to a stagnating economy have likely made Xi’s fears more acute.
Undefeated Xi can’t beat biology
Xi Jinping might be a ruthless dictator and maybe is good enough to quash all powers rising against him, but he is human after all and will evaporate just like everyone else does.
According to media reports, Chinese President Xi Jinping is suffering from ‘cerebral aneurysm’ and had to be hospitalized at the end of 2021. There have been many reports of Xi’s frailing health as he had avoided meeting the foreign leaders since the outbreak of COVID-19 till the Beijing Winter Olympics.
Earlier in March 2019, during Xi’s visit to Italy, observers noticed that his posture was unusual with a slight limp, and later during the same tour, in France, he was seen needing assistance while attempting to sit down.
Similar to how his tardy arrival, sluggish speech, and coughing fit again raised questions about his health during a speech to the public in Shenzhen in October 2020.
Xi knows that he would not be there for the long run and wants to stay in power for as long as he can. As a result, he has picked himself up and decided to put on a show at the SCO summit just before the national congress.
But Xi’s lust for power has enabled him to strive to stay in power as long as he lives. If Xi is able to pull this stunt off and get elected for a third term, it surely would be a very shaky period for the Chinese.