Xi Jinping enters the Year of the Rooster with his powers undiminished


Top politics and current affairs news for February 3, 2017. Part of the daily SupChina news roundup "Self-taught villager wins lawsuit against chemicals company."

  • Xi Jinping still the core / People’s Daily (in Chinese)
    The websites of the two most important state news organs, People’s Daily and Xinhua News Agency, have for two straight days been running the same top headline. Perhaps it’s an effort to ensure the correct thinking of government officials on the first workday after the weeklong Chinese New Year public holiday, which ended Thursday. The headline is (in translation): “Speed up reform — A review of the Communist Party’s Central Committee’s deepening of reform in 2016 with Comrade Xi Jinping as the Core.” While many analysts are skeptical of how much reform actually took place in 2016, there is no doubt that Xi Jinping is entering the Year of the Rooster as powerful as he’s ever been. For more on Xi Jinping’s many roles at the core of everything, see this SupChina roundup, and this useful infographic produced by the Mercator Institute for China Studies about the Party’s “leading small groups.”