After Sun Chunlan retired, for the first time in 25 years, the Chinese Communist Party’s top body will be devoid of any women members. According to the new Politburo roster released on Sunday, no women members will be there in CCP’s Politburo for the first time in 25 years.
Sun was the only woman sitting on the previous Politburo and no other women were appointed at the 20th Party Congress of the CCP.
Meanwhile, Xi Jinping secured a historic third term as China’s leader and promoted some of his closest Communist Party allies, cementing his position as the nation’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, reported The Star. The Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party elected Xi as its general secretary for another five-year term, tilting the country decisively back towards one-man rule after decades of power-sharing among its elite.
“I wish to thank the whole party sincerely for the trust you have placed in us,” Xi told journalists at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People after the closed-door vote was announced. He promised to “work diligently in the performance of our duties to prove worthy of the great trust of our party and our people.”
Xi has also overseen China’s rise as the world’s second-biggest economy, a huge military expansion and a far more aggressive global posture that has drawn strong opposition from the United States. Despite nearly unchecked power, Xi faces huge challenges over the next five years, including managing the nation’s debt-ridden economy and the growing US rivalry, reported The Star.