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President Xi of China may be Following in the Footsteps of Josef Stalin

Updated on October 25, 2017
Postage stamp with Mao and Stalin.Photo Pixabay
Postage stamp with Mao and Stalin.Photo Pixabay

The Rise of President Xi

Momentous events have taken place in China, where the twice a decade Congress of the Chinese Communist party has just concluded. Packed with his supporters, the Congress authorized the inclusion of President Xi’s name in the constitution of China. This is an honor and puts the Chinese leader on a pedestal with two other Chinese greats, Mao Tse Tung and Deng. It also means that Xi will wield total power just like Stalin did in Russia when he subverted the Russian Communist Party to do his bidding. President Xi will theoretically rule for life, though on paper he has been given a five-year term. This is widely commented by the world press.

Stalin and Xi

Stalin ruled Russia with an iron hand till he died in 1953. It is on record that the state built by him collapsed within a few decades of his death. Stalin is a respected figure in China even today. Stalin ruled by crushing all dissent and building up a formidable military machine, that terrorized the world. President Xi in his three-hour speech which was widely reported echoed similar sentiments as he vowed to build a formidable military with global reach.

China has already taken a step in this direction with a military base in Djibouti in Africa and a beefed up presence in the Indian Ocean. It is conducting exercises with Russia, in waters as far away as the Baltic Sea and also lays claim to 90% of the South China Sea. Xi has also announced that China will not accept any injustice.

History

Just like Russia under the Tsar was a weak nation, so was China for many decades. The western powers had imposed unjust treaties on China after defeating the Chinese and seized Hongkong and Shanghai. Later in the 20th century, Japan had occupied vast parts of China and seta puppet regime with the deposed Chinese emperor Pu Yi. Probably Xi was referring to this period when he said that China will not accept any injustice.

President Xi has a handpicked politburo, but ultimate power will vest with him. His opponents have already been removed from the scene as the communist party tightens its hold on China and suppresses dissent.

Future

One cannot forecast the future, but a belligerent China with Xi flexing his muscles for global dominance is not a healthy sign and could be a danger to world peace. It's on record that China has disp[utes with almost all its neighbors from India to Vietnam and Philippines, and given the new doctrine of Xi, the portents are ominous.

The Communist Party Congress choosing Xi as president for life
The Communist Party Congress choosing Xi as president for life

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    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      Madan 

      11 months ago from Abu Dhabi

      Thank you for commenting Hari Prasad. Yes, natural resources will be a reason and that is the reason China is building up its military to safeguard its economic routes as it has no oil.

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      Hari Prasad S 

      11 months ago from Bangalore

      A thought provoking article. The world affairs are as complex as it can get.

      Economic growth, availability of natural resource to sustain it, will decide the future powers too. African continent would be in the fore front for all superpowers for their needs of natural resources for sustainence of economic growth, as the resources would either be locked with neighbouring counties claiming too.

      - hari

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