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China Reform Monitor - No. 1336

Codifying Xi

Edited by Joshua Eisenman
August 2, 2018

June 21:

Last month, China Leadership Science,a journal published by the Central Party School, r
an a series of articles described as a deep study of "the international praise for Xi Jinping’s super-strong leadership in the New Era," the China Media Project reports. The lead article, "Extraordinary Leader: A Study of the International Praise for the Super-Strong Leadership of Xi Jinping in the New Era," written by the journal’s editorial department, explained the need for research of foreign praise and tributes of Xi Jinping. By highlighting the systematic study of praise for Xi Jinping overseas, their study "determinedly preserves General Secretary Xi Jinping’s core status throughout the Party, so that in our ideas, politics and actions we may willingly maintain a high level of uniformity with the Central Party of which Comrade Xi Jinping is the core." Everyone in the world, developed and developing countries alike, is "looking to the China Path and the China miracle" and everyone craves "Chinese experience, Chinese wisdom and the China Solution," the piece concludes.

June 24:

More than 30 military and government agencies in at least five provinces have deployed birdlike drones as part of a new "spy birds" program, code-named "Dove," the
South China Morning Post (SCMP) reports. Unlike unmanned aerial vehicles with fixed wings, the new drones have the ability to climb, dive and turn in the air, mimicking the flapping action of a bird's wings. The aim of the Dove project is to develop a new generation of drones with biologically inspired engineering that can evade radar. The Dove drones weigh 200g, have a wingspan of about 50cm and can fly up to 40km/h for a maximum of 30 minutes. Each one is fitted with a HD camera, GPS, flight control system and satellite communication. Special software helps to counter jerky movements and ensure the camera takes sharp images and stable video. The Dove's wing movements can fool the most sensitive radars and with feathers it could further distort the radar signature.

June 25:

"China has enshrined Xi Jinping's thought on diplomacy as the supreme guidance to the country's foreign affairs,"
the official Global Times reports. In an address at the Central Conference on Work Relating to Foreign Affairs in Beijing, CPC general secretary Xi Jinping "underscored the importance of keeping in mind both internal and international imperatives" in foreign affairs work. The conference "established the guiding position of Xi Jinping thought on diplomacy," said Yang Jiechi, member of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau and director of its newly formed Foreign Affairs Commission. "It is a major theoretical achievement in the thoughts on state governance in the area of diplomacy by the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core, and a fundamental guideline for China's external work in the new era," Yang said in his remarks. Xi Jinping thought is the answer to the "hesitation and lack of confidence," said Wang Wen of Renmin University. "China's development pattern has offered developing countries a fine example. The global governance system has reached a balance between the West and the rest with China's contribution."

June 27:

Of 1000 local residents polled by Hong Kong University's public opinion program between June 14 and 21, 57 percent said they were not proud to be a citizen of China, while 38 percent said they were. In 1997 – the year Hong Kong reverted to China after a century and a half of British colonial rule – 46.6 percent were proud to join China. But in 2018 only 16 percent of people aged between 18 and 29 were proud to be a part of China, while half of those aged 50 or above said they were. Similarly, the annual survey showed 55 percent of younger respondents held a negative view about Beijing’s policies toward Hong Kong, while only 13 percent supported them. In all, 55 percent of those surveyed were dissatisfied with the pace of democratic reform while only 29 percent felt satisfied,
the SCMP reports.

June 2:

The official People’s Daily has launched a series of commentaries on the pitfalls of "boastful and arrogant" discourse, warning that "certain media" had become careless. "The blustering articles have, first of all, no real facts to support them; second, no content to serve as blood and muscle; and third, no intellectual value whatsoever. They are just empty shells that cannot withstand the least bit of breeze. We have to understand that an article will not grow more colorful just because it makes a boast, and the country will not grow stronger because it is arrogant." The first article criticized is from the CCTV; the second is from Weichen Finance. "Missing from the criticism in the People’s Daily, of course, is any acknowledgement that the Party’s own information controls, which have emphasized positive news, trumpeted ‘positive energy,’ and militated against criticism, could possibly bear any responsibility for China’s inflated view of itself," observed David Bandurski of the China Media Project

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