Xi warns China against ‘great difficulty’

Xi urged Communist Party members to focus on their “historic mission” and prepare for “great difficulties” ahead.

In the article published in the magazine Qiushi On October 1, China’s National Day, President Xi Jinping affirmed that China “never got closer” to the goal of national rejuvenation, but the final road will be fraught with difficulties. difficulties and challenges.

“Our Party must unite to lead the people effectively to face great challenges, defend against great dangers, overcome great barriers, and resolve major contradictions,” he wrote.

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a video speech at the opening of the Portugal Forum for Asia in Portugal, Hainan province, in April. Photo: Xinhua.

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a video speech at the opening of the Portugal Forum for Asia in Portugal City, Hainan Province, in April. Photo: Xinhua.

Mr. Xi did not detail the challenges and difficulties mentioned in the article, but according to observers, China is facing a complex series of pressures from both at home and abroad. increasingly harsh with the US, rising tensions in the Taiwan Strait, the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and a stagnating economy.

He added that party members must show tenacity and perseverance to complete the journey. This requires them to focus and have faith in the path taken.

Mr. Xi’s comments come just two weeks before China holds its 20th Communist Party congress. As part of the session, delegates will elect members of the 200-member Central Committee. The Executive Committee then voted to elect 25 Politburo members and the Politburo Standing Committee consisted of 7 members.

In a report released on September 27, the World Bank (WB) lowered China’s growth outlook to 2.8% for this year, down from the 5% forecast in April. This will be the first time that China’s growth has been slower than the rest of the Asia-Pacific region in more than three decades.

Vu Hoang (Theo SCMP)

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