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Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping visited a rare earth minerals mine in Jiangxi province on Monday, his first domestic trip of the month.
Although state media revealed few details of his trip, Xi reportedly strove to rally workers for China’s protracted trade war with the United States by invoking the spirit of the “Long March” from China’s civil war almost a century ago.
South - China - Morning - Post - Monday
The South China Morning Post on Monday quoted analysts who said Xi also wanted to underline his support for Vice-Premier Liu He, his closest adviser and point man for trade negotiations with the U.S.:
Chen Daoyin, a Shanghai-based political researcher, said the Long March had great significance in the history of People’s Republic and the party.
Backdrop - China-US - Confrontation - Trade - Technology
“Against the backdrop of the China-US confrontation in trade and technology, the leader’s trip to Yudu sent a clear message of enduring hardship,” Chen said. “We have to be prepared for the possibility that economic confrontation with the US may persist over the long term.”
Kerry Brown, director of the Lau China Institute at King’s College in London, said Xi’s appearance with Liu showed his support for the vice-premier as “a comrade in arms or soldier by his side, while they engage in this looming issue with the US”.
Deployment - History - Kind - Politics - Narratives
“So it’s a clever deployment of domestic history and the kind of politics and narratives of the Communist Party to face the issues they are facing with the US,” Brown said.
“It’s a kind of move for propaganda purposes and to show people in China this is leadership that derives from previous leaders who faced huge issues but were able to prevail, and that despite current turbulence because of US-China issues, they will be able to get through.”
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During his trip to Jiangxi province, Xi placed a floral basket at a monument commemorating the beginning of the Long March...
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