On Saturday, China completed the process of its once in- a-decade leadership transition. It has been one of the smoothest transitions of leadership in recent decades.
Jinping, who was elected General Secretary of the Communist Party of
China (CPC) and Chairman of its Central Military Commission in November,
has taken over as the President of the country, along with a new prime
minister Li Keqiang and a council of ministers.
taking over the three offices in such quick time, he has emerged as the
most powerful Communist party boss since Deng Xiaoping.
He has wasted little time in
consolidating his authority. No doubt circumstances, notably the Bo
Xilai affair and other corruption scandals have aided the process.
his first tour to the southern, economically vibrant zones, including
Shenzhen was aimed at signaling his commitment to economic growth and
reform, his most significant actions so far seem to have been in
stamping his authority over the crucial pillar of the CPC - the People's
Liberation Army (PLA) and the country's national security policy.
was in this tour that he delivered a speech to senior PLA brass and
party officials, where he stressed the need for "absolute loyalty" of
the PLA to the CPC. Many western analysts have been pointing to the
signs of the growing importance of the PLA and the role that it has
played in the factional politics of the Chinese leadership.
the four months that Xi has been in power, he has undertaken a
largescale reshuffle of the top leaders of the PLA general staff
departments, as well as the seven military regions.
month, the military authorities issued "Ten Regulations on improving
the Work Style of the Army", aimed at checking corruption and high
living among the mid and senior level officers.
its more draconian prescriptions is the banning of liquor from public
functions. Senior officers have been asked not to talk out of turn, and
get clearance from the Central Military Commission General Office before
commenting on sensitive issues to the media.