China’s Politburo holds two-day self-criticism session as Xi Jinping garners fresh pledges of fealty

South China Morning Post | 12/27/2017 | Staff
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The members of China’s Politburo have undergone a two-day “self-criticism” session in which they pledged loyalty to President Xi Jinping, state media reported late on Tuesday.

The two-day event was the first such gathering since the 19th party congress in October.

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Members of the party’s decision-making body had to deliver a speech following in-depth discussions with unspecified party officials who had been assigned to them before the “democratic life meeting” started on Monday, official news agency Xinhua reported.

The party’s elite reviewed their own performance according to party internal regulations, according to news footage released by CCTV, the state broadcaster, which gave no details about what they had said.

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In their speeches, members of the 25-strong Politburo made a pledge to take the lead in studying Xi’s thoughts and rallying behind the president.

They also said they would follow Xi’s regulations on combating party corruption and extravagance as well as pledging to execute the decisions made in the party congress, Xinhua said.

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It remains unclear whether Xi had undergone the self-criticism process himself. He presided over the meeting and made a lengthy speech.

“Politburo members should set an example by remaining true to their original aspirations and keeping their mission firmly in mind,” Xi was quoted by Xinhua as telling his colleagues.

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Mao Zedong began using self-criticism sessions to his consolidate power and build loyalty within the party in the 1940s.

Their use became notorious during the Cultural Revolution when cadres who had fallen out of favour were forced to perform public acts of self-abasement.

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