Willy Lam, expert on politics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said there was a 60 to 70 percent chance that Xi would refuse to give up the role of party general secretary ©Wang Zhao (AFP/File)
Already China's most powerful leader in decades, President Xi Jinping will probably seek to extend his term to more than 10 years, analysts say, the first Communist Party chief to do so since Deng Xiaoping.
The ruling party's leaders have reportedly gathered at their secretive annual Beidaihe retreat on the northern Chinese coast, where discussions are expected to focus on the composition of its next all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee (PSC).
The 19th Party Congress, slated for next year, will decide a new PSC line-up, traditionally seen as indicating Xi's most likely successor after he steps down, due in 2022.
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WNU Editor: An anonymous reader posted a comment a few days ago that his term was going to be extended .... that in China's leadership circles it is a normal thing to happen. I know .... but I expected this news to be released next year .... not this year. Why the announcement now .... I expected blow-back and/or disagreement with his extension .... not many in China's elite are happy with him ... but by making his announcement now he is under-cutting his opponents, and making sure that they get the message that any talk of replacing him when his term ends will not be viewed favourable.
On a side note .... to show that he is serious about staying healthy (so that he will remain in his job) .... President Xi has given up smoking .... Model quitter: President Xi Jinping’s decision to give up smoking deserves praise, WHO chief says (South China Morning Post).