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26 February 2018, 09:19 | Floyd Cook
Xi Jinping's power grab could lead to political catastrophe in China
The Communist Party of China has proposed to remove the clause in the constitution that limits presidents to serving for only two five-year terms.
Xi is coming to the end of his first five-year term as president and is set to be appointed to his second term at an annual meeting of the rubber-stamp parliament that starts March 5.
But although the move might seem a clear indication that Xi will take a third term as president, the opacity of the party's processes mean that it's impossible to be sure. In addition, Central committee has proposed to register ideology of Xi Jinping-with official name of "thought of Xi Jinping on socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new Era" in Magna China letter, an honor that had only been granted in life to founder Of People's Republic, Mao Zedong.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has proposed scrapping term limits for the country's president, Xinhua news agency said yesterday, appearing to lay the groundwork for CCP General Secretary Xi Jinping (習近平) to remain as president beyond 2023.
It was elected anew at the 19th Party Congress in October 2017, which also ushered in Xi's second five-year term as general secretary of the Communist Party, the supreme leadership role in China. But will the country's Parliament approve such a major change to the constitution?
If it is accepted, the change would pave the way for President Xi Jinping to stay in office indefinitely.
A seven-man leadership committee unveiled a year ago included no potential successor, raising the prospect that Xi intends to govern beyond his second term.
The current Constitution has been developed and improved based on the successful experience of China's socialist revolution, construction and reform, said Xi.
China should make full use of the Constitution's important function in modernizing China's system and capacity for governance and strengthening the Party's long-term governance capacity, said Xi.
"He now will become China's most powerful man, perhaps a cult of personality somewhat like Mao Zedong", Gopalan added.
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.
Joshua Wong, a pro-democracy supporter who hails from Hong Kong, said, "the era of Emperor Xi" is on its way.
Xi has also been at the helm of a crackdown on corruption that analysts say was aimed at eliminating his rivals.
"The theoretical justification for removing tenure limits is that China requires a visionary, capable leader to see China through this multi-decade grand plan,"' Lam said.
"Once people know he will serve for who knows how long, it will strengthen his power and motivate everybody to bandwagon with him", said Zhang. Wang, 69, stepped down from a party position past year because of his age.
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