From "Xi Thought" to "Superpower": What You Need to Know About China's National Congress

10/22/20179 Comments

As you may have seen in the news, China's ruling Communist Party is currently convening its twice-in-a-decade National Congress. And, as you may have also seen in the news, it's kind of a big deal.

"Xi Jinping declares China's intent to be a 'leading power' by 2050," warns Business Insider.

"China’s leader Xi Jinping declares the start of a 'new era'," screams The Economist.

"We are obsessed with Brexit and Trump: we should be thinking about China," chides the Guardian.

"But wait, James," you say. "Didn't this just happen a couple of years ago? Weren't you just telling us about the shisanwu?"

Ah, dear reader, I'm glad you're paying attention. Sort of. Actually, that was the 5th plenary session of its 18th Central Committee, aka the meeting where the ChiComs hammered out China's 13th five-year plan. (But I'm not surprised you remember that catchy shisanwu song!)

This is the National Congress, where the 18th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party becomes the 19th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party. You know, the invitation-only shindig where 2,287 of the Party's faithful (only those of "unshakable belief" and the "correct political stance," of course) converge on Beijing's Great Hall of the People to "appoint" the membership of the Party's Politburo, "elect" members to the Central Committee, and "decide" on amendments to the Party's constitution.

Of course, like everything else in the glorious socialist utopia of China, all of the outcomes have been decided beforehand and there will be no surprises whatsoever. But as a forum for formalizing China's (pre-determined) future course, it gives those of us outside the Politburo a glimpse into what shape China will be taking in the coming years.

And, given China's role as the rising economic dragon, rising geopolitical force, rising military threat and rising pawn in the grand plan for the powers-that-shouldn't-be's next "Great War," there are some valuable things to be learned from the proceedings.

So, without further ado, here are eight things you need to know about this week's 19th National Congress.

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  1. HomeRemedySupply says:

    I am so glad that Corbett keeps up with this stuff. I rarely look at mainstream “news” now-a-days.

    I had to grin at this Tillerson statement which rephrases “New World Order” from an Anglo perspective….
    And the very international order that has benefited India’s rise – and that of many others – is increasingly under strain.
    China, while rising alongside India, has done so less responsibly, at times undermining
    the international, rules-based order even as countries like India operate within a framework that protects other nations’ sovereignty.
    — From Corbett’s “6)” link.

    I wonder if President Xi will institute a Great Leap Forward “Eugenics program” like Mao did…and for what countries?

  2. mkey says:

    Regarding the “Money as a System-of-Control” recommended viewing video:

    I advise viewer caution, the presentation is full of misconceptions, in my opinion of course. The host uses some terms interchangeably, as if they were analogous.

    Digital and paper currency can not be considered as a store of value and therefore it cannot be considered as money. I think too many people have a problem realizing this distinction. The problem with these currencies is that they can be created out of nothing and as such their value will always and I do mean ALWAYS go down with time. The same happened a number of times now, the history is choke full of fiat currencies going down to zero. The same problem over and over and over again. Bitcoin in this regard is a bit better than your typical digital debt based currency, however one simple fact remains true: everyone could have their own crypto currency. At least it’s not referred to as crypto money, which I find suiting.

    The idea that bitcoin/blockchain does not constitute a form of a system of control I find amusing. Firstly, crypto currencies are based on encryption which, with the possible, probable and inevitable advent of quantum computers is going to prove to be quite a problem. Of course, much of what we deem safe in the digital era is going to go down in flames as soon as that happens. Secondly, crypto currencies are not safe from price/value manipulation. Anyone who understands the perpetual booms and busts cycle ought to realize how important that is. Thirdly, bitcoin does not offer anonymity, which often seems to be implied more often than not.

    Of course, everything stated about the modern banking systems of control seems very accurate.

  3. phreedomphile says:

    Last October I read Xi was named Core Leader (Mao’s old title) and given more power to rule over the Central Committee. That same month I read the Kremlin was reconstituting the old KGB apparatus that existed under Stalin and it was being proposed the same name would be used from that era.

    A steady resurrection of a nostalgia of communist rule in both China and Russia has been in the works for well over a decade. The histories of the mass genocide purges are being whitewashed* and Mao and Stalin glorified, practically deified. Global technocracy is essentially a form of techno-communism, thus this makes sense using that lens.

    * theguardian . com /world/2017/aug/03/gulag-grave-hunter-yury-dmitriyev-unearths-uncomfortable-truths-russia

    • weilunion says:

      It is important to note that China is Communist in name only. China is neither socialist or communist. It is a state capitalist dictatorship.

  4. wingsuitfreak says:

    Loved the article, but when I tried to up-vote it, Steemit kept telling me the transaction failed. Will try again later. Every vote counts on Steemit and Minds! JimBob from Fluorida

  5. danmanultra says:

    It seems funny to me that people in the US get so upset by the Puppet president’s antics while in China their leader is making all of the obvious moves to secure his permanent and all powerful ruling position. As in securing an actual dictatorship. I’m not saying people in the US should become complacent… just maybe get some perspective and start watching out for actual important political movements instead of furious reacting to every single social media spat.

  6. PeaceFroggs says:

    Episode 320 – Echoes of WWI: China, the US, and the Next “Great” War

    — So, the controligarchs don’t like Communism, or is it that they don’t control China?

    Oh those evil Chinese, how dare they create a rising middle class, lifting 10’s of millions of their countrymen out of poverty!

  7. Mielia says:

    Hi James,
    thanks so much for the recommended section. Maybe wouldn’t have found truthstream media, certainly not Tony Heller (climate guy setting the record straight).
    Now I am watching your recommended “an open secret”.
    I started a little search on DEN (Digital Entertainment Network; original website still online: There are amongst others Bryan Singer and Brock Pierce. (two detailed articles).

    Brock Pierces wikipedia lists him as a member of the Clinton Global Initiative (!) AND director of the Bitcoin Foundation.
    Yes, Bitcoin Foundation with founding member Roger Ver (funny how Derrick Broze just spoke about 10k dollars in BTC from – what a synchronicity.)
    So I am not suggesting Brock Pierce is still a very bad guy (though could be) and definitely NOT suggesting the Bitcoin Foundation is a black sheep or something.
    However, I found it very striking.

    (And, not long ago the question was asked who else Could be intelligence agencies agents. I am NOT saying he is.)

    Wanted to share that with the corbettreport community.


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