by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
China’s Communist Party under Xi Jinping is expanding control over the Chinese government while increasing the use of covert action influence operations, according to a forthcoming congressional report.
The annual report of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission will reveal that communist control over China’s 1.4 billion people has increased and notes the “Party-ification” of the Chinese government.
Xi also has expanded personal power by adding his brand of communism to the Chinese constitution—he is the first Chinese communist leader to do so by name—and through purging thousands of top military and civilian officials.
“In one of the most significant developments of 2018, the [Chinese Communist Party] solidified its control over policy in China through what it called the ‘deepen[ing] reform of party and state institutions,'” a late draft of the forthcoming annual report says.
The report is due to be made public in the next several weeks. A copy of the draft, dated Oct. 26, was obtained by the Washington Free Beacon under the Federal Advisory Committee Act.
“The increase in Party control over governmental functions coincided with the additional consolidation of President Xi’s control over the Party.”
Xi, in the clearest sign of growing dictatorial power, was reapproved as Party general security and abolished limits on the number of terms he can hold the supreme leadership post.