Using language not heard since the Mao Zedong era, the Communist Party of China has adopted Xi Jinping's ideas for Chinese socialism, embracing its president anew and adding his "thoughts" to the party constitution.
The party added a section with the formal title "Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era" on Tuesday, as it winds down the congress it holds every five years.
The amendment "juxtaposes Xi's thought with Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory, the Theory of Three Represents, and the Scientific Outlook on Development," Chinese state Xinhua media reports. Of those other theories, we'll note, only one shares the word "thought" with Xi: Mao Zedong Thought, known to many outside of China as simply "Maoism."
From Beijing, NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports:
"The congress approved writing Xi Jinping's theories into the party's charter, which was largely expected. At the congress, Xi declared a new era for Chinese-style socialism, in which the communist party is in charge of everything.
"Our party's leadership and our nation's socialist system are strong, solid and vigorous," Xi proclaimed to the congress's delegates.
"Tomorrow, the party will unveil a new leadership lineup. Xi is all but assured of getting a second, five-year term as the party's general secretary."