THE Communist Party of China (CPC) added President Xi Jinping’s “Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” doctrine to its official ideology yesterday.
Mr Xi joined Marx, Lenin, Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping as leading lights of the CPC in an amendment passed on the last day of the party’s 19th congress in Beijing.
His ideology has “systematically addressed the major question of our times — what kind of socialism with Chinese characteristics the new era requires us to uphold and develop and how we should uphold and develop it,” the amendment reads. “The Thought is a continuation and development of Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory, the Theory of Three Represents and the Scientific Outlook on Development.”
Mr Xi told the closing session: “The Chinese people and nation have a great and bright future ahead,” following his re-election to the CPC central committee.
At the start of the congress last week, he laid out a two-stage national development plan from 2020 to 2050 to make China a “great modern socialist country.”