It might not seem all that unusual for the state-run media and party organs of a one-party authoritarian country to fawn over the current national leader, but Chinese media has gone way overboard in praising President Xi Jinping after his elevation to near-dictatorship at the last Communist Party Congress.
“A unique path, a unique theory, a unique system, a unique culture; Xi Jinping’s thought on socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era has developed a rich path for China that has transcended Western-centric theory, and hugely excited many developing countries to confidently choose their own path,” the People’s Daily gushed, claiming Xi’s leadership is celebrated around the world.
“Without Xi Jinping thought on socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era, we would not have a party center that is moving closer daily to the center of the world stage,” the paper added.
Reuters notes that Xi himself constantly claims China is not trying to export its political system to other countries, but these fawning editorials certainly look like a global marketing campaign for “Xi Jinping Thought,” as his doctrine is known.
It takes shots at Donald Trump for supposedly abandoning world leadership and praises Xi for stepping up to fill the gap.