China: The End of Presidential Term Limits
Xi Jinping to Potentially Rule for Life
DATE 18-03-12 10:48
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By Alex Kim | News Korea

On Sunday, March 11th, China made a drastic change to the nation’s constitution. China removed its presidential two-term limits and created a pathway for the current leader, Xi Jinping, to stay in office indefinitely.


China’s ruling Communist Party announced the proposal to abolish presidential term limits on Sunday, February 25th, and received international backlash.


When the party first announced the proposal, a political analyst at the Chinese University in Hong Kong, Willy Lam, called the controversial proposal a “potentially very dangerous” move by the party and criticized Xi Jinping for pursuing the footsteps of Mao Zedong. “Xi Jinping has finally achieved his ultimate goal… that is to be the Mao Zedong of the 21st century,” said Lam. Lam added, “For Xi Jinping, whatever he says is the law. There are no longer any checks and balances.”


Images and comments mocking and criticizing Xi Jinping’s move towards totalitarian leadership surfaced the internet. A picture of Winnie-the-Pooh hugging a jar of honey, accompanied by a caption which reads, “Find the thing you love and stick with it,” received a massive attention across various social media platforms.


Despite a number of oppositions against the change to the constitution, only two delegates out of 2,964 voted against the decision which virtually grants Xi Jinping a permanent ownership to one of the nation’s most powerful positions.


Xi Jinping assumed office in 2012 and exhibited an effort to centralize institutional power and crack down on corruption and dissent. Xi is also the head of both military and the Communist Party which have no term limits. With the removal of the presidential term limits, the entire infrastructure of China is essentially under Xi’s control.


Xi calls the constitutional change “a reflection of the common will of the party and the people.” However, with China’s strict censorship of criticism towards Xi or his policies, it is difficult to gauge an accurate favor-to-oppose ratio in regards to the particular decision.


Another constitutional change, which seemingly aligns with the goals of the most powerful leader in China, was approved on Sunday; the change grants the National Supervision Commission an authority to target anyone that deems “disloyal” to the Communist Party.


In a recent report by CNN, a regional director for Asia at the Economist Intelligence Unit, Duncan Innes-Ker compared China’s current political movement to the beginning of Putin regime. “It looks very much like the early stage of Putin, the accumulation of power,” said Innes-Ker, “The bigger question is whether or not this accumulation of power around Xi is positive or negative for reform.”

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