China justifies removing term limit for Xi’s presidency

Mar 6, 2018

But Xi Jinping apparently wants to stick around longer than that, and the People’s Congress will nearly certainly grant him his wish.

Attending a closed-door fundraiser Saturday, the president commended the move of ruling Communist party in China that effectively allows President Xi Jinping to stay in power indefinitely. Xi recently began his second five-year term. In this way, there is continuity. President for life. No, he’s great.

Meanwhile, China’s Taiwan Affairs Office Minister Zhang Zhijun (張志軍) blamed Taiwan for “increasingly severe and complicated” cross-strait relations at a news event yesterday marking the opening of China’s 13th National People’s Congress. NPC spokesman Zhang Yesui told a news conference that the move will merely align the presidency with the titles of Communist Party general secretary and Military Commission chairman, which do not have term limits.

“He’s now president for life, president for life”. “China’s development will not pose a threat to other countries”.

“We are seeing consistent long-term Chinese investment in the development of military technology, which will increasingly rival or better those of the USA or Western countries”, he told the Reuters news agency.

“I really support it”.

“The actual figure is even lower than we expected.a 2.6 per cent deficit would be about 2.3 trillion yuan (US$363.5 billion) in absolute terms, which equals to the 2016 level”, said ANZ’s Wang. “You never know. I hope she’s happy”.

Once passed, the constitutional amendment would upend a system enacted by former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping in 1982 to prevent a return to the bloody excesses of a lifelong dictatorship typified by Mao Zedong’s chaotic 1966-1976 Cultural Revolution.

State media has started ramping up the propaganda in favor of Xi in the run-up to parliament. That has left little doubt over what official line the roughly 3,000 delegates gathered in the Chinese capital are to follow.

“Delegate Xi Jinping? That’s right!” it said, pointing out Xi was also a delegate – representing the northern region of Inner Mongolia – and had a role to play in passing legislation.

The Communist Party’s constitution may well be considered above that of the country. “It reflects the will of the people”.

It doesn’t take much imagination to conceive where Chinese president Xi Jinping wants to be in 2035: at the helm of the largest economy on earth, with the world’s most sophisticated system of digital surveillance and social control, a thoroughly modernized military and the latitude to bend worldwide affairs to his own wishes.

According to a draft report from the Ministry of Finance released Monday, the central government will allocate over 106 billion yuan (16.7 billion US dollars) to subsidize poverty reduction, an increase of 20 billion yuan, or 23.2 percent over previous year.

It was not clear whether the comment was made in jest.

“We will stick to the Chinese path in strengthening our armed forces, advance all aspects of military training and war preparedness”, Premier Li Keqiang said as he read a report to almost 3,000 delegates at the Great Hall of the People.

“This shows that Xi’s grand strategy to “Make China Great Again” includes not only a “China dream” generally but also a “strong military dream” specifically”, he said.

Chinese President Xi Jinping leaves after the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing


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