Chinese Media Hail Xi’s ‘Busy’ Work Life

Chinese Media Hail Xi’s ‘Busy’ Work Life

China’s has drawn attention to a recent media profile of President Xi Jinping focused on his busy daily work schedule, another move in the image-crafting campaign that has played a role in securing Xi widespread popularity. AFP reports:

The Shanghai Observer article, titled “How Does Spend a Day?”, comes just days after the ruling Communist Party released several photos from early in Xi’s political career in the eastern province of Fujian.

[…] The author of the widely-publicised article, an unnamed writer “specialising in international news”, described Xi as someone who “works at a swift pace and is extremely energetic” and “is at the office morning and night”.

“Of course, like every ordinary Chinese person, Xi Jinping is also bound to have humour and joy in the midst of his very busy work life,” the author wrote.

The account was given prominent coverage by China’s state-run media, including on the homepage of the official Xinhua news agency. [Source]

China Media Project has translated the Shanghai Observer article in full.

The South China Morning Post’s Alice Yan has more on the photos of Xi’s early Party career which, along with a reissued book of his early speeches, seems aimed at promoting his ideology to the public and also further solidifying his influence within the Party:

The photographs, taken over 20 years ago, show a farm visit, a factory tour and a dinner with members of an ethnic minority.

Now the pictures of a younger Xi Jinping have been released online, along with the rest of a book of republished essays on poverty by the president, in a move an academic says is designed to cement Xi’s authority within the party.

[…] “It’s aimed at consolidating Xi’s position within the party. Actually he is already much more powerful than his predecessors Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao when they were fresh party heads,” [Shanghai Jiaotong University professor] Chen [Huirong] said.

“It is also aimed at promoting Xi’s thought among the public and encouraging government officials to adopt his ideas in administering the country.” [Source]

As Xi Jinping—with the help of state media—has been cultivating a man-of-the-people image, he has also been working hard to encourage ideological orthodoxy in the Party and beyond.

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