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On the anniversary of China's reforms, Xi doubles down on Party Power

The Government's Intensifying Repression of Muslims in Xinjiang, the Degradation of Christian and Secret Detention by the Chinese chief of Interpol has all diluted its global position at a time when it strives to play a major international role. Mr. Xi's speech risked leaving Chinese officials unclear about his political agenda at a time when the relations with the United States in particular, has deteriorated badly. "When all is a priority, nothing is important," Yuen Yuen Ang, a professor of political science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, studying China's reforms, said by email after looking at the speech. "Today, many political goals in China are in tension with each other. Who takes precedence? This is what the officials need to know to carry out their work at a practical level. " Even when Xi spoke, the stock exchanges fell in Asia. Although such numbers are not China's usual place to announce specific policy measures, some investors had hoped for signals that Beijing would take further measures to liberalize the economy or ease the tensions with Washington. Mr. Xi warned that the future contained "all sorts of risks and challenges" but he repeatedly said that the party had expertized the country so far and must continue to do so. He stressed twice that the party had been "completely correct "in his environment of economic reforms, a remark that bored the many internal debates, as well as the ups and downs that followed these changes. Mr. Xi asked to revive…

The Government’s Intensifying Repression of Muslims in Xinjiang, the Degradation of Christian and Secret Detention by the Chinese chief of Interpol has all diluted its global position at a time when it strives to play a major international role.

Mr. Xi’s speech risked leaving Chinese officials unclear about his political agenda at a time when the relations with the United States in particular, has deteriorated badly.

“When all is a priority, nothing is important,” Yuen Yuen Ang, a professor of political science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, studying China’s reforms, said by email after looking at the speech. “Today, many political goals in China are in tension with each other. Who takes precedence? This is what the officials need to know to carry out their work at a practical level. “

Even when Xi spoke, the stock exchanges fell in Asia. Although such numbers are not China’s usual place to announce specific policy measures, some investors had hoped for signals that Beijing would take further measures to liberalize the economy or ease the tensions with Washington.

Mr. Xi warned that the future contained “all sorts of risks and challenges” but he repeatedly said that the party had expertized the country so far and must continue to do so. He stressed twice that the party had been “completely correct “in his environment of economic reforms, a remark that bored the many internal debates, as well as the ups and downs that followed these changes.

Mr. Xi asked to revive the Marxist-Leninist doctrine, reflecting the party’s fear of it could lose its grip on a younger, increasingly connected and well-managed generation. “Let the present-day Chinese mother Russians shine even more brilliant rays of truth, “Xi said.

“This was a talk about the party more than anything else,” said Julian B. Gewirtz, a researcher at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard, who looked at the speech while visiting Beijing.

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