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Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the closing session of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in Beijing on Oct. 24. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)
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Xi Jinping imprints name on China's Communist Party constitution

Xi bolsters grip on power, raises status to that of Mao and Deng

DEBBY WU, Nikkei staff writer | China

BEIJING -- China's ruling Communist Party on Tuesday incorporated President and General Secretary Xi Jinping's political thoughts into its constitution, a move that signified the leader's bolstering of his grip on power and elevation of his status to that of former leaders Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping.

The party congress met for its final day Tuesday in the Great Hall of the People, where it passed a resolution on the amendment to the party constitution under the official name "Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era." An official handout said Xi's thoughts continued in a line from those of Mao and Deng, and are the latest fruit of the development of Marxism in China.

Along with the constitutional amendment, the congress passed resolutions on a report of the party central committee, and on a work report of the main anti-graft body, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. Live footage of the event showed all three resolutions passing unanimously.

The seven-day 19th party congress officially closed early Tuesday afternoon.

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