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The rise of Xi Jinping, explained

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Xi Jinping, president of China and general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party since 2012, is one of the most powerful political figures in the world. By initiating an unprecedented third term as China’s leader in October, 2022, Xi has signaled that he may plan to remain in power for life – making him the first Chinese leader since Mao Zedong to hold unchecked power over the People’s Republic of China.

But Xi’s connection to Mao goes deeper than a shared outlook that emphasizes unifying the party around a single leader.

When Xi was just a young boy, his family – who had held elite party status thanks to his father’s pivotal role in Mao’s “Long March” in 1935 – was denounced during Mao’s Cultural Revolution, a chaotic decade of purges and persecution that saw even Mao’s closest allies removed from power. During this time, a teenaged Xi was forced to work hard labor in the countryside outside of Beijing, and his father was imprisoned.

Xi’s subsequent rise after Mao died in 1976 was a methodical process in using his restored elite status as leverage to gain prominent party positions in rural provinces around China, culminating in his promotion to the all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee of the Chinese Communist Party in 2007.

From there, Xi pulled from Mao’s playbook: purging his political rivals and promoting those with whom he shared close personal ties. This process undid the work of Mao’s successor, Deng Xiaoping, to prevent the consolidation of power around a single leader in China.

By the time his third term began in October 2022, Xi had reshaped the party and Chinese military leadership to be fully packed with Xi loyalists. And even in the face of social upheaval surrounding his failed Zero Covid policy, Xi has shown no sign of giving up any of the power he has consolidated since taking over as leader of the country.

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Dahabshiil CEO Energetically Champions Global Solutions to Food Insecurity Crisis

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Mr. Abdirashid Duale, the dynamic CEO of pioneering remittance giant Dahabshiil Group, passionately engaged with BBC Focus on Africa about the recently concluded and vitally important Global Food Security Summit 2023 in the UK.

Abdirashid excitedly explained how the summit rallied international attention to tackle the deepening global food security crisis and turbocharge efforts to achieve Zero Hunger and end malnutrition once and for all.

Abdirashid emphasised that a staggering 1 Billion people face hunger worldwide as our global food system confronts unprecedented upheaval. He stressed that climate change is worsening crop yields through extreme weather while fueling famine and conflict in key producers like Ukraine, Russia and beyond.

However, he optimistically noted how science and technology in food systems hold tremendous potential to unlock substantive growth in the Global South, lower global prices, vanquish hunger and enable healthier diets.

This is also essential, he added enthusiastically, for tackling climate change and nature loss.
“Dahabshiil is proudly empowering Somali communities by setting up microfinance to help small businesses thrive while also bringing affordable, clean energy to rural off-grid areas”, he declared passionately. “Somalis must forge new paths like fishing to overcome the devastating 2022 famine and current climate shocks”, he continued fervently.

Abdirashid also excitedly revealed that UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has pledged £100 million for Somalia’s development, spanning infrastructure, agriculture and more. Overall, the summit co-hosted by UK, UAE and Somalia saw over 20 nations eagerly discuss amplifying efforts to realize zero hunger globally.

Under Abdirashid’s spirited leadership, Dahabshiil will surely keep championing solutions to food insecurity with great energy!

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