Xi Jinping emphasizing rule of law to secure Party's monopoly on power

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By Willy Lam,

Xi Jinping, newly anointed general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), has lost no time laying down what will likely be a leitmotif of his 10-year tenure: promoting “constitutional Socialism with Chinese characteristics.”

Large numbers of human rights activists, including Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, have been imprisoned in China on trumped-up charges.

This so-called “Back to the [Chinese] Constitution” movement will be kicked off after fellow Politburo Standing Committee member Li Keqiang is appointed premier at the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s parliamentary body, in early March.

Advisers to both Xi and Li have pointed out that promoting “rule by law” is one of the effective ways that the 92-year-old CCP can improve its governance and curb corruption without giving up its near-total monopoly on political power.

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