By Goh Sui Noi
The Straits Times
Enshrining his political thinking in party ideology would further enhance his status
For some days now, President Xi Jinping and some key top leaders of China have been absent from the prime-time news bulletin of the state-run China Central Television.
The word is that they have converged on the seaside resort of Beidaihe, 280km east of the capital, for their annual summer confab.
This year’s event is special in that it precedes the Chinese Communist Party’s five-yearly national congress, slated to take place in autumn, where several of the party’s top leaders are expected to step down in favour of younger cadres.
But with Mr Xi’s grip on power stronger than ever, he is expected to have his way in appointing mainly his coterie to positions in the 25-member Politburo and the apex seven-member Politburo standing committee.
Instead, the buzz among the chattering…