China DOMINANCE: All-powerful Xi Jingping will rule China for DECADES
It will announce its new Standing Committee, the apex of power in the country, around midday on Wednesday.
The current committee is made up of seven people.
Whether President Xi was able to have his name “crowned” in the party constitution had been seen as a key measure of his power, elevating him to the level of previous leaders exemplified by Mao Tse-tung Thought and Deng Xiaoping Theory.
President Xi Jinping now officially ranks alongside Chairman Mao in Chinese politics
Mao was the former Chairman of the Communist Party of China
No other leader has had an eponymous ideology included in the document while in office since Chairman Mao.
Deng's name was added after his death in 1997. President Xi's more recent predecessors, Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao, both had the party constitution amended to include their guiding thoughts, but without their names directly attached.
Jiang had his “Three Represents” embracing private entrepreneurs written in, while Hu, Xi's immediate predecessor, had his economic doctrine of “scientific development” included.
China's ruling Communist Party enshrined President Xi Jinping into its constitution today
The party gave President Xi the title of “core” leader a year ago, a significant strengthening of his position ahead of the congress, which is held once every five years.