Future Chinese Communist Leader Emphasizes Marxism

May 18, 2011 Updated: May 26, 2011

The cadre anointed to be next leader of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Xi Jinping, gave a special speech about Marxism to cadets of the Central Party School on May 13. The school is the highest training institute for CCP officials, and Xi is president.

In a sometimes-meandering speech he spoke of the importance of being immersed in communist ideology. “Our leading cadres should … maintain steady ideals and faith,” he said.

“You cannot do without the guidance of Marxist philosophy,” he added, before rattling off a list of luminaries of the communist canon, including Engels, Lenin, and Mao. Chinascope, an organization that monitors Communist Party speeches, provided a partial translation.

Public statements like this mean Xi is aligning himself with the conservative factions in the Party, which support the Party’s absolute dominance across society, in contrast to those termed “reformers” like Wen Jiabao, who publicly endorse legal, media, and political liberalization.