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Xi Jinping demands loyalty at major political meetings

Chinese President Xi Jinping stands at podium in from of his party officials
Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at the podium during the unveiling of the Communist Party's new Politburo Standing Committee in October 2017. Photo: Lintao Zhang / Getty Images

Chinese President Xi Jinping started 2018 as he ended 2017, demonstrating to all 80+ million Chinese Communist Party members that he is demanding absolute loyalty.

Why it matters: Politics are still very much in command in the Xi era, and the focus on Party loyalty and political correctness is about ensuring regime security and improving the implementation of central government policies through all levels of the bureaucracy. If Xi succeeds, we may see a much higher functioning PRC government that is able to execute on many of its ambitions goals.