China removes references to Marx, Lenin from State Guidelines

The newest version of the “Working Procedures for the State Council”, a document that guides the highest state body in China, no longer contains references to concepts such as democracy, rule of law, or openness, or even Marxism-Leninism, the ideology of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Vision Times reported.

Published on official regime websites on March 18, the Procedures also lack any mention of past CCP leaders, from Mao Zedong to Hu Jintao, or their ideological contributions to the regime. The rulebook only refers to the doctrines of Xi Jinping, informing State Council officials that they must heed his directives as the “core” of the Communist Party’s Central Committee.

Xi’s official contributions to CCP ideology are casually called “Xi Jinping Thought.”

While the previous version of the Procedures contained 64 articles, the newest one was shortened to 43. The document accompanies incoming Chinese premier Li Qiang, a handpicked ally of Xi to being an administrative office of Party Central and the Xi leadership.”

Meanwhile, the analysts added that Li Qiang’s role had been made more akin to that of an “office manager” or “secretary” to Xi rather than “a powerful premier who has greater leeway to pursue his agenda for the economy,” as was previously the norm, Vision Times reported.

In recent years, the CCP has undertaken massive efforts to surveil the Chinese population, censor free expression, and weed out corrupt and disloyal elements in the regime. Shortly after Xi Jinping came to power in 2012, he began a massive anti-corruption campaign that has become a main feature of his leadership.

“Xi’s move appears to be the continuation of a gradual and official process to downplay and marginalize his predecessors and their political legacy that began with his ‘historical resolution’ unveiled at the Sixth Plenum of the 19th Central Committee in November 2021,” SinoInsider writes.

SinoInsider has long tracked the factional struggle between the Xi leadership and the patronage network centred on late CCP head Jiang Zemin, who is sometimes lauded in the West for overseeing China’s economic rise but was responsible for expanding human rights abuses and allowing massive corruption. Many officials taken down in Xi’s anti-corruption campaign were members of the Jiang faction, Vision Times reported.

However, by leaving only his name in the State Council’s guidelines, Xi makes himself personally responsible for all potential setbacks the Chinese regime might encounter going forward. The risks he faces are great, considering the economic consequences wrought by three years of draconian pandemic prevention policies, worsening trade relations with the international community, and other growing crises.

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