The question of who will be the new emperor of Chinese society is being asked more than ever, with some of the country’s most prominent figures, such as former president Xi Jinping and former prime minister Wen Jiabao, both set to be re-elected in November.
But the question of whether the new leaders will have any lasting influence on Chinese society will also be put to the test by a new, highly controversial figure who has been accused of being a criminal and of using his position to take advantage of his wealth.
Who is Xi Jinping?
Xi Jinping, the Chinese leader, has long been seen as a rising star who could usher in a new era in Chinese politics.
The man who became the countrys most powerful man has also been accused by the US of corruption and abuse of power, and he is widely seen as having the potential to usher in yet another era of Communist rule.
In fact, according to US lawmakers, he has already started to use his power to influence the Chinese political system, with the latest case, the conviction of former Communist Party official Bo Xilai, now known as the “Great Fire of Bordeaux”, which took place during the period in question.
Bo Xiling was convicted on charges of stealing over $100m (£71.7m) from state-owned enterprises and stealing property worth more than $10bn from the state’s property-rich Tianjin Investment Corp. (TIEC).
He was sentenced to 15 years in prison, and is currently awaiting sentencing.
The US Senate has also charged the Chinese Communist Party with corruption, and Xi Jinping himself has previously been accused in the US for his role in corruption at the Chinese National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC).
In 2016, the US accused Xi Jinping of taking a bribe from the Chinese state-controlled oil giant, CNPC, in exchange for favourable treatment for a controversial plan to build a pipeline to export liquefied natural gas (LNG).
While it is not clear how much Xi Jinping received from the pipeline deal, the case could have implications for how the new rulers will approach their rule.
What is Xi Xi?
Xi is the head of the Chinese government, and his role as the country s most powerful leader is central to the Chinese constitution, and it is a significant milestone in his reign.
Xi Jinping is the country ‘s top political figure, and in the past, he was also its leader.
Xi is seen as being a rising leader who could help usher in another era in China s political system.
But his influence on China is being questioned in the wake of his conviction for corruption, as he is also widely seen to have abused his power.
The Chinese government has long denied that Xi has abused his position, but many Chinese people believe he has, and the country has been criticised by US lawmakers for not doing enough to protect his reputation.
While the case against Xi Jinping was announced on Sunday, it was not immediately clear if Xi himself would face any charges.
A spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the decision was taken by the Politburo Standing Committee, and that the decision to take the case was taken “in line with the law, and by the constitution, for the protection of our own sovereignty and territorial integrity”.
What will happen to Xi Jinping’s assets?
In January, the head from the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, Xi Jinping (pronounced Xi), was convicted of 11 corruption and money-laundering offences.
The case was later dropped after Xi Jinping apologised to the victims and the court system.
On Monday, the Central Military Commission, which oversees the leadership of the PLA, released a statement saying that Xi Jinping had apologised to them, and has committed to pay compensation to all victims of his crimes.
The court also announced that Xi Xi will be fined up to 2,000 yuan ($30), and will also have his assets frozen.
The statement said the trial “shows the full scale of Xi Jinping s corruption and has revealed a complete disregard for human rights and the rule of law.”
Xi Jinping has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
However, the investigation into his case has not been without controversy.
In October, the Communist party’s disciplinary commission, which is responsible for overseeing Xi Jinping , released a report saying that the party had failed to investigate the accusations, and said that the accusations against Xi had been “made by some very biased journalists”.
In February, the report found that Xi had not violated any laws and that he had done nothing wrong.
What happens now?
China has a system in place to protect its leaders, with Xi Jinping being one of the few senior officials to be prosecuted for corruption.
But Xi Jinping may have been able to get away with what he has done because of the powerful influence that he has in China, and because the party has been so reluctant to expel him from the country.
As a result, Xi Xi has managed to keep a low profile in China and have little influence on the Chinese