China proposes removal of two-term limit for president

26 February, 2018, 09:17 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
  • China’s next ideological front

State-run Xinhua news agency said on Sunday (Feb. 25) that the Central Committee of China's ruling Communist Party of China has proposed removing the phrase that the president and vice-president "shall serve no more than two consecutive terms" from the country's constitution.

Earlier this year, the party mouthpiece People's Daily newspaper further solidified Xi's elevation when it published a piece referring to the president as "lingxiu" - a highly reverential Mao-era honorific title. But the announcement appears to be the strongest signal yet that Xi, 64, intends to hold on to power longer than any Chinese leader in at least a generation.

Xi Jinping's tightening grip on China had already earned the leader comparisons to Mao Zedong, but they came into even sharper focus after the party paved the way for him to assume the presidency indefinitely.

Leaders of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on Saturday discussed a structural reform plan of the Party and state institutions.

Term limits on officeholders have been in place since they were included in the 1982 constitution, when lifetime tenure was abolished.

Xi, 64, is now required by the country's constitution to step down as President after two five-year terms.

Xi has tightened his grip on power since last year's Congress.

If Xi does decide to cling to power and push through endless power concentration policies, then the people of China will rue the erosion of greater liberalization that Deng ushered in.

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This could mean President Xi Jinping could stay in power for longer than previously expected.

Joshua Wong, a pro-democracy supporter who hails from Hong Kong, said, "the era of Emperor Xi" is on its way. A successor is also normally settled on five years before the president steps down to avoid a power struggle.

Shops sell commemorative plates and memorabilia with his image alongside Mao's and he has accumulated so many political and military titles - from president, to Central Military Commission chairman and party "core" - that he has earned the nickname "Chairman of Everything".

Critics of Xi also say that under his term China has become more of a surveillance state.

Xi we trust - Is China cracking down on Christianity? Although Wang is over 68 years old, if rules are abandoned, tacit or written, on retirement from senior officials, it is possible that Xi wants to count as "number two" a man who has been shown throughout his career as a skilled problem-solver, wher political or economic.

He put Wang in charge of a sweeping anti-corruption crackdown that helped Xi eliminate challengers, both serving and retired, and cow potential opponents.

"Hong Kong people are also anxious by Sunday's plans, as it was under Xi the biggest crackdown on any democracy movement in Hong Kong took place", Gopalan said.


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