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Xi Jinping approved as China's most influential leader since Mao Zedong

Over 2,300 communist delegates voted unanimously to include Xi Jinping's doctrine in the constitution.

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Xi Jinping approved as China's most influential leader since Mao Zedong

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Xi Jinping is officially the most influential Chinese ruler since Mao Zedong, the founder of People’s Republic of China.

The formal confirmation of his immense political power came at the end of the Communist Party’s Congress, which occurs once every five years.

More than 2,000 delegates unanimously agreed his concept of “socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new Era”, meaning that now it will be taught to all China’s school children, students and factory workers.

They voted behind closed doors on Tuesday at the start of Xi Jinping’s second five-year term as leader.

Although other party leaders have had their doctrines enshrined in the constitution, only Mao Zedong has had a “thought” section dedicated to him.

The party has a hierarchy of words to describe systems of ideas. Views are at the bottom, theories in the middle, and thoughts at the top.

The decision was taken after a Xi Jinping’s three-hour speech that marked the congress’ opening. The Chinese leader made multiple references to “Socialism with Chinese Characteristics,” adding that the nation should “take centre stage” and offer new choices for the world with its socialism.

The Congress also sees the highest turnover of the ruling elite since 1969, making way for more of Xi’s allies at the top.