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He's already in charge of the state, the military and the Chinese Communist Party. The President Xi Jinping stepping away from a party meeting this week with a promotion. He's now being called a core leader which might not sound like much, but as writer Ben Blanchard reports, it puts him on par with the countries past strong men.
But this was a titled given by Deng Xiaoping to himself the man who really ushered in China's landmark economic reforms. And Deng also gave this title to Mao Zedong, the founder of modern China. So for Xi to be titled the Core, this really means that he is somebody who's very powerful.
Somebody who really party members should not be doubting, they should not be questioning. Making Xi the Core really gives him a lot more power to theoretically push through a lot more of his agenda.>> President Xi may now be on Chairman Mao's level. But he seems to be taking a different tack when it comes to leadership style, trying to stamp out the beginnings of a cult of personality.
Although that message seems to be lost on some. Online, a wave of public adoration following the announcement.>> Xi Jinping is very popular. And him naming the Core, people have taken that to praise somebody that they refer to as Uncle Xi. Some people have even been attaching the title Mighty Uncle Xi to this.
Using an expression that sort of goes back to Imperial times, so sort of drawing the parallel perhaps. A lot of people see Xi really is an emperor.>> Xi's title doesn't come with any specific powers that analysts say officials around China will now be working double time to show their loyalty, and when the Communist Party meets next year to choose new leaders, Xi will have more power to stack the deck in his favor.