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‘Xi Thought’ Is Creeping Into Everything From Chinese Sci-Fi to Company Filings

  • President writes doctrine into plans stretching as far as 2035
  • Everyone from executives to sci-fi writers urged to study up
Bloomberg business news
Watch: China’s leaders are to meet next week to draft the next five-year plan. Along with economic policy, there’s the possible elevation of what’s called “Xi thought” to a guiding philosophy on a par with Maoism. (Source: Bloomberg)
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What sort of science fiction does Xi Jinping like? How can China’s weathermen use the president’s political philosophy to improve their forecasts? In what ways can “Xi Thought” help prepare the country for the next big earthquake?

These are the sorts of questions Communist Party cadres are now pondering as they prepare for the next big milestone in the president’s effort to cement control: Elevating Xi Thought alongside Maoism. The esoteric concept is expected to be written into the five-year development blueprint that will be unveiled after party meetings later this month. Everyone from diplomats to executives to sci-fi writers are under pressure to incorporate the broad, often fuzzy tenets of Xi Thought into their policies.