Xi To Rule For Life As China's Parliament Abolishes Presidential Term Limits

Xi To Rule For Life As China's Parliament Abolishes Presidential Term Limits

"President Xi's thought is the latest achievement in adapting Marxism to the Chinese context and encapsulates the practical experience and collective wisdom of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the people, he added".

The controversial measures, first announced last month, were passed by the National People's Congress.

"In these years we have seen the rise and decline of countries and particularly the harsh reality that the Western political system doesn't apply to developing countries and produces awful results". But this logic fails to appreciate that, in China, it is not the State that controls the party and military; it is the party that "owns" both the State and military. China's parliament voted on March 11 to abolish presidential term limits, clearing the path for President Xi Jinping to rule for life.

It is now hard to see Xi Jinping being challenged in any way whatsoever.

"For anyone who plans to go back to China in the future, they do incur a risk by being visible as politically active", Brophy said. Several critical scenarios are circulating in the media.

President Xi Jinping can now rule China for as long as he'd like.

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Yet although all this should be self-evident, we know from experience that it will invariably prove capable of bearing some other interpretation by those who seek to disparage and denigrate China, and in particular its political system and ruling Party. Mao was dead, and the country was pulling itself together under reformist Deng Xiaoping. After Mao's death in 1976 there was a fierce succession struggle. If Wang's beliefs and Xi's own views of China's role and place in the world are any indication, then the rivalry with the U.S. is set to continue and to intensify.

Since President Xi Jinping took office in 2013, China has launched a nationwide anti-corruption campaign, and the spokesperson for the amendments' drafting team says establishing a supervisory commission is a step closer to making the anti-corruption fight more institutionalized. "Today's [vote] has clearly shown that the constitution is used as a political tool to rule the people [and reflect the top leader's political will]". An age limit was also introduced-no one above the age of 68 shall serve in the Politburo.

During that congress his name and a political theory attributed to him were added to the party constitution as he was given a second five-year term as general secretary. When that position is combined with the presidency its powers become formidable.

Former chief of joint staff Fang Fenghui is facing prosecution for bribery, state media reports said in January. He cited the economy's dependence on openness to the world, Beijing's rising global status and greater awareness among average Chinese citizens.

Beijing, however, tried to minimise public resentment, particularly among the educated urban elite, saying there is popular support for the amendment. "We have to voice our opposition", he told BBC Chinese.

The move helped prevent political power from becoming too concentrated in the hands of a single leader but was also blamed for policy indecision that led to growing ills such as worsening pollution, corruption and social unrest. Xi is commonly compared to Putin due to his authoritarianism. There is no doubt that Xi Jinping is rational, bold, assertive and creative.