At long last, the CMP discourse climate report for the full month of June 2018 is available. The biggest takeaway for the month? The report shows the emergence of various forms of “Xi Jinping _____ Thought” (习近平xx思想). For example, on June 14, the People’s Daily referred for the first time to “Xi Jinping News Thought” (习近平新闻思想).
We can also glimpse in the media the following related forms: * Xi Jinping Economic Thought (习近平经济思想) * Xi Jinping Foreign Policy Thought (习近平外交思想) * Xi Jinping Literature and Art Thought (习近平文艺思想) * Xi Jinping Strong Military Thought (习近平强军思想) * Xi Jinping Education Thought (习近平教育思想) * Xi Jinping Ecological Civilization Thought (习近平生态文明思想) * Xi Jinping Party Building Thought (习近平党建思想) * Xi Jinping Rule of Law Thought (习近平法治思想)
Besides these we have others that come with quotation marks: * Xi Jinping “Three Sector Convergence Thought” (习近平”三产融合思想”) * Xi Jinping “Tackling Poverty Thought” (习近平”脱贫攻坚思想”) * Xi Jinping “Rural Revitalization Thought” (习近平”乡村振兴战略思想”)
In our view, the proliferation of various forms of “Xi Jinping Thought” across policy areas suggests that we are nearing the point where President Xi Jinping’s “banner term,” or qizhiyu (旗帜语), the unwieldy “Xi Jinping Thought of Socialism With Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” (习近平新时代中国特色社会主义思想), becomes normalized as “Xi Jinping Thought.” It’s very likely this process could happen within the year.