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China’s Communist Party backs Xi Jinping’s firm hand on Hong Kong and Taiwan

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China’s Communist Party backs Xi Jinping’s firm hand on Hong Kong and Taiwan

  • Hong Kong and Taiwan mentioned for the first time in historic resolution, indicating their key role in legacy of Chinese president
  • Stronger control over Hong Kong and the reunification of Taiwan are goals that Xi does not wish to leave to future generations, observer notes
  • The Chinese Communist Party in its landmark resolution on Thursday endorsed President Xi Jinping’s policies on Hong Kong and Taiwan as part of his major political achievements.

    The move indicates Beijing continues to hold a firm red line on the two regions, as they will be recognised as important parts of Xi’s legacy.

    This is the first time that Hong Kong and Taiwan have been mentioned in a historic resolution adopted by the party. The two previous similar documents in the party’s 100-year history, issued first by Mao Zedong in 1945 and then by Deng Xiaoping in 1981, came when the return of Hong Kong and the reunification of Taiwan were not top political priorities yet.

    In a communique issued at the close of a four-day plenary session, the party’s top leadership said: “With regard to upholding the policy of ‘one country, two systems’ and promoting national reunification, the Central Committee has adopted a series of measures to address both the symptoms and root problems of the relevant issues, and resolutely implemented the principle that Hong Kong and Macau must be governed by patriots.”

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