BEIJING -- The Chinese Communist Party will revise its constitution at next month's National Congress, but it is still unclear whether President Xi Jinping's name will be attached to the changes, an honor that would elevate him above his recent predecessors.
The ruling Politburo discussed the matter and confirmed the direction Monday, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
Party leader and President Xi's thoughts and ideals, set forth in his first five-year term, are summed up in what is called "the four comprehensives" -- that China should make comprehensive efforts to achieve a moderately prosperous society by 2020, advance reform and strengthen rule of law and party discipline. These align with Xi's anti-corruption campaign and efforts to eliminate poverty.
The Politburo stressed that "the amendments should include the key theories and strategic thoughts" presented by a report delivered at the party's upcoming National Congress, according to Xinhua.
Mao Zedong Thought and Deng Xiaoping Theory are officially enshrined in the party's charter. But Xi's immediate predecessors had their doctrines incorporated without their names attached. Jiang Zemin's "Three Represents" thought, which embraced private entrepreneurs, and Hu Jintao's economic doctrine of "scientific development" are both included.
If Xi succeeds in crowning his ideas with his name attached, that would be an affirmation of his status as among China's most powerful rulers.
The content of the Politburo meeting will be confirmed at the Central Committee general meeting ahead of the party congress, which opens Oct. 18, Xinhua said. The congress takes place every five years.