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  • On this episode of China Uncensored,

  • what is Xi Jinping thinking?!

  • We're back.

  • And it's time.

  • They've spread the rumors.

  • They've tabulated the scores.

  • Ladies and Gentlemen,

  • the results of the Chinese Communist Party's

  • 19th Party Congress!

  • Let's look at our seven finalists,

  • the men who have made it to the top of the Party:

  • the Politburo Standing Committee.

  • And here they come!

  • Don't they look great in their black suits and red ties!

  • Wait, am I seeing...

  • blue ties?

  • And gray hair?

  • It truly is a new era.

  • And who has been crowned the ultimate title...

  • Mr. CCP?

  • “I see this as not just an approval of my work,

  • but also as, like,

  • an encouragement that will make me want to,

  • like, do even better, you know?”

  • Of course, the 6-day event leading up to this point

  • was incredibly boring.

  • Basically, an official gives a long speech.

  • Another official gives a long speech.

  • And then they break up into small groups

  • to do more long speeches.

  • Kind of like the world's worst company retreat.

  • And for our next icebreaker,

  • turn to the official next to you

  • and say your name,

  • plus a quote from Karl Marx

  • that begins with the same letter.”

  • Sitting through that event

  • was the hardest test of endurance

  • I've ever gone through.

  • And I say that as someone who, in college,

  • had a professor lecture for three hours

  • about how Buffy the Vampire Slayer

  • was an image of Christ.

  • It was a strange school.

  • And yet, that has nothing

  • on the three and a half hour lecture

  • Xi Jinping gave to kick off the Congress.

  • Seriously, though,

  • this meeting was really, really important

  • for the future of China.

  • It was just also really, really boring.

  • Former leader Jiang Zemin was caught yawning.

  • Oh, no wait, he was just catching a fly.

  • When Xi Jinping wrapped up his long speech,

  • even the other, less important former leader

  • Hu Jintao was like,

  • a little longer and we'd all be dead!

  • But look how happy it made Xi Jinping.

  • Not Jiang though.

  • You might be wondering,

  • what was Xi Jinping thinking?

  • Oh, my friends,

  • he was thinking Xi Jinping Thought.

  • Xi Jinping has written himself

  • into the Communist Party's Constitution.

  • It's this bit,

  • theXi Jinping Thought on Socialism

  • with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era.”

  • So what does that stupidly long phrase mean?

  • It means Xi Jinping is only the second Chinese leader

  • after Mao Zedong

  • to have his name put in the Party Constitution

  • while he's still in power.

  • It's a big deal.

  • According to Bill Bishop,

  • publisher of Sinocism,

  • It means Xi is effectively unassailable

  • If you challenge Xi,

  • you are challenging the party

  • and you never want to be against the party.”

  • Yes, welcome to China's Xi Jinping Era.

  • Xi Jinping is dominating

  • former amphibian overlord Jiang Zemin.

  • To be fair,

  • Jiang Zemin is kind of guilty of genocide

  • including the whole,

  • let's kill Falun Gong practitioners

  • and sell their organs for profit campaign

  • so I don't really feel that bad for Jiang.

  • But for years on this show,

  • I've been talking about how Xi Jinping

  • and Jiang Zemin have been locked in

  • a life-or-death political struggle.

  • And after this 19th Party Congress,

  • it looks like Xi is closer than ever to winning.

  • State-run media has been singing

  • Xi Jinping's praises.

  • Enshrining Xi's thought into the Party Constitution

  • has proved the main highlight of the congress.”

  • And this is how the major Chinese newspapers

  • covered the end of the Party Congress:

  • Some of their Instagram filters need a little work.

  • And Xi wasn't above lording his big win

  • over Jiang Zemin.

  • Check out CCTV's footage from Xi's speech.

  • When they all walk out, J

  • iang is repeatedly obscured by Xi.

  • But you can see former leader Hu Jintao.

  • I don't need a class in Buffy as an image of Christ

  • to know that's symbolism.

  • And check out at the end

  • when Xi shakes hands with Hu,

  • and then...oops!

  • Jiang wasn't in the shot.

  • In fact,

  • in the live broadcast that was later altered

  • for the online version,

  • When Xi gets to a section of his speech

  • about fighting corruption,

  • emphasizing a 'zero tolerance' approach

  • toward those in the party

  • who engage in bribery,

  • the camera cut to Jiang.

  • Later, when Xi starts a sentence with

  • 'what the people and the masses oppose,

  • what they abhor,'

  • the camera once again goes to a close-up of Jiang.”

  • And if you remember from the headlines

  • earlier in today's broadcast,

  • Xi had his boy Liu Shiyu say Xi Jinping

  • saved the party,

  • saved the military,

  • and saved the country,”

  • by foiling attempts by Jiang Zemin's guys

  • to take over the Party.

  • And let's look at the new guys

  • on the Politburo Standing Committee.

  • Of the six other members,

  • only one has been considered

  • a member of Jiang's faction.

  • But there are also reports

  • that he's already defected from Jiang.

  • If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

  • And having all or nearly all Standing Committee members

  • either neutral or on his side is a big win

  • even though Xi had to let his favorite Anti-Corruption Czar retire.

  • So is this it then?

  • Is Xi Jinping now the ultimate power?

  • Has he unquestionably won?

  • Not so fast.

  • For one,

  • the anti-corruption campaign isn't over,

  • which means the factional infighting isn't over.

  • There are still members of Jiang's faction

  • who haven't been fully dealt with,

  • including the final bad guy,

  • Jiang Zemin himself.

  • And just because they're on their way down,

  • doesn't mean that they couldn't still

  • cause a lot of trouble.

  • And with Xi Jinping Thought in the Party Constitution,

  • Xi is now the guy responsible

  • for the current direction of the Communist Party.

  • He's facing major disasters on all sides:

  • An economy that's imbalanced in crazy ways,

  • a finance system plagued by bad debt,

  • a disastrously polluted environment,

  • and an increasing wealth gap

  • that underlies widespread public unhappiness.

  • I mean, who wouldn't want to be in charge of all that?

  • Seriously.

  • Hu wouldn't want to.

  • It's up to Xi Jinping now.

  • Thanks for watching this episode of China Uncensored.

  • I'm Chris Chappell.

  • See you next time.

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