Classic lipservice.... Gave himself a 100 year timeframe. What a cunt.
The image of Indian democracy is at the forefront of most Chinese minds. Frankly, if Xi called elections tomorrow, he'd win easily, even in a completely fair and free vote. The CCP is genuinely popular across most of China, and will be as long as the economy continues to perform.
Here's the relevent text from the speech.
As socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era, the principal contradiction facing Chinese society has evolved. What we now face is the contradiction between unbalanced and inadequate development and the people's ever-growing needs for a better life. China has seen the basic needs of over a billion people met, has basically made it possible for people to live decent lives, and will soon bring the building of a moderately prosperous society to a successful completion. The needs to be met for the people to live better lives are increasingly broad. Not only have their material and cultural needs grown; their demands for democracy, rule of law, fairness and justice, security, and a better environment are increasing.At the same time, China's overall productive forces have significantly improved and in many areas our production capacity leads the world. The more prominent problem is that our development is unbalanced and inadequate. This has become the main constraining factor in meeting the people's increasing needs for a better life.
He makes a few references to the New Era and that by 2050, the CCP should make strides to achieve it. They're aiming for the 100 year anniversary. This includes:
The Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era makes the following things clear:
* It makes clear that the overarching goal of upholding and developing socialism with Chinese characteristics is to realize socialist modernization and national rejuvenation, and, that on the basis of finishing the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects, a two-step approach should be taken to build China into a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious, and beautiful by the middle of the century.
Commitment to the organic unity of Party leadership, the running of the country by the people, and law-based governance is a natural element of socialist political advancement. We must keep to the path of socialist political advancement with Chinese characteristics; uphold and improve the system of people's congresses, the system of Party-led multiparty cooperation and political consultation, the system of regional ethnic autonomy, and the system of community-level self-governance; and consolidate and develop the broadest possible patriotic united front. We should develop socialist consultative democracy, improve our democratic institutions, diversify our forms of democracy, and establish more democratic channels. We must see to it that the principle of the people running the country is put into practice in China's political and social activities.
Full text of his speech is here, and this is the cornerstone of Xi Jingping Thought which is being put into the constitution. His speech mentions democracy almost a hundred times, explicitly. Yes, his consolidation of power has the potential for abuse, and I think, in general, institutions benefit from a separation of powers that Xi has absolutely eroded, but, Honestly, I don't think Xi is a bad leader, or acting in bad faith - at the very least, one has to concede, it could be much worse.