China Sets Stage For Indefinite Xi Tenure By Removing Term Limits

Lucy Bush
February 26, 2018

The party's Central Committee has proposed deleting from the constitution the stipulation that a president "shall serve no more than two consecutive terms" of five years, the official Xinhua news agency said today.

During the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in Beijing's Great Hall of the People last October, his ideology, or the "Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era", was at the forefront of his speech.

China's current senior-most official, Xi Jinping, was elected to the post in 2013.

Expectations that Xi, China's most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, was considering staying in office for more than the typical 10 years has been building for some time now.

In addition to eliminating temporary limits to presidential mandate, Chinese legislature will approve in its meeting anor series of amendments to Constitution that would reinforce President's power to make him most important Chinese leader while he Want to stay in power.

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The announcement comes just a week before China's rubber-stamp parliament, the National People's Congress, meets with an agenda that includes confirming Xi's second term and approving a series of constitutional changes recommended by the Central Committee.

A seven-man leadership committee unveiled past year included no potential successor, raising the prospect that Xi intends to govern beyond his second term.

"But he has clearly overcome them", said Professor Steve Tsang of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Mao Zedong, founder of the People's Republic of China, ruled for more than three decades until 1976.

"We have a very strong relationship with China".

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Equally, if Xi usurps the CCP by focusing on power concentration, then religious rights will be further curtailed and any signs of political dissent will be crushed to a much higher degree.

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

That, it was said, would be a sign the way was being paved for Xi to do the same beyond 2022.

During the upcoming NPC meeting, Xi's anti-corruption crusader Wang Qishan, who is 69 and retired from the PSC, is expected to be made vice president.

The move is significant because if Wang does not retire, that would set a precedent for Xi to stay on in power too after he reaches what is normally considered retirement age. Among those policies are a widespread corruption crackdown that has resulted in thousands of Communist Party members behind bars, a war on religion in which he has successfully co-opted the Chinese Catholic Church and promoted a new successor to the Dalai Lama, and an economic plan for world domination known as "One Belt One Road".

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China should stick to the organic unity of Party leadership, the running of the country by the people, and law-based governance, and should strengthen oversight to ensure compliance with the Constitution, Xi said.

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