A recent article in the Washington Times said Chinese President Xi Jinping has continued to consolidate power and has adopted the title “helmsman,” which represents ultimate authority. The title was last used by Mao Zedong, who ruled China from 1949 to 1976. Scott Berrier, head of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, said he believes Xi is firmly in control of the Chinese Communist Party, the military and every aspect of Chinese society.
In addition, the South China Morning Post reported that Xi is calling on universities in his country to produce inquisitive thinkers who are totally loyal to the Communist Party. Xi noted that China’s education system must train the “builders and successors” of socialism.
Rising authoritarianism in China is a manifestation of the country’s long-term trend in negative social mood. China’s Shanghai Composite Index continues to trade 43% below its 2007 all-time high.
To learn more about the connection between social mood and rising authoritarianism, read “Social Mood Can Increase Authoritarianism for Decades: Large-Degree Trends Toward Negative Social Mood Impel Tyrannical Behavior.”
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