The Chinese communist party's proposal to remove the two-term limit for the president and vice president has brought some stark comparisons with some social media users expressing concern that Beijing is following the part of neighbouring North Korea."Argh, we're going to become North Korea," wrote one user on Weibo, the Chinese social media equivalent of Twitter. Another wrote: "We're following the example of our neighbour."Not so surprisingly, such posts critical of the communist government have been removed by the country's powerful censors, notoriously known for blocking any kind of disparaging information floating in cyberspace.The Chinese internet police also blocked the search term "two-term limit" late on Sunday, 25 February, according to Reuters, in order to limit the impact of the latest proposal which would technically allow President Xi Jinping to retain his office indefinitely though his term ends in 2023. Other articles critical of the move have also been removed from … [Read more...] about Is China taking a leaf out of North Korea’s book to tweak its constitution?
The move could allow the 64-year-old Xi to remain in power for life 0SHARES Share Tweet Email China's President Xi Jinping waving in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: AFP SHANGHAI,CHINA: Xi Jinping’s tightening grip on China had already earned the leader comparisons to Mao Zedong, but they came into even sharper focus after the party paved the way for him to assume the presidency indefinitely. State media said on Sunday that the ruling Communist Party had proposed abolishing rules limiting leaders to two five-year terms, a guideline imposed in Mao’s wake to avoid a repeat of the chaos triggered by his radical political campaigns. China confirms Xi Jinping as country’s most powerful leader since Mao The move could allow the 64-year-old Xi to remain in power for life, ruling as a virtual emperor, and is the latest feather in the cap of a Communist “princeling” who is re-making China in his own image. Xi, who was given a second … [Read more...] about China’s Xi takes another stride in Mao’s footsteps
Xi Jinping was already China's most powerful leader in decades. The son of one of the country's revolutionary heroes, in his first five years in charge he has consolidated personal control and been hailed as the "core" of the Communist Party.Last year, Xi Jinping Thought was enshrined in the constitution - an honour previously reserved for Mao Zedong.Now, Xi appears to be laying the groundwork to hold on to that power indefinitely.Chinese state media is reporting a proposal from the Communist Party's Central Committee to change the constitution to remove the two-term limit on the presidency.This would mean Xi could stay on beyond his current five-year term, which is due to end in 2023.Technically, this is just a proposal, and the final decision will be taken at the National People's Congress next month, but given the nature of China's political system if the idea is being publicly floated, there is vanishingly little doubt that it will be implemented.As leader of China, Xi Jinping … [Read more...] about Is China’s leader Xi Jinping doing a Vladimir Putin by clinging to power?
Central Committee calls for inserting 'Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism' into the constitution, reports Chinese agency 0SHARES Share Tweet Email China's President Xi Jinping claps after his speech as he and other new Politburo Standing Committee members meet with the press at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. PHOTO: REUTERS BEIJING: China’s Central Committee proposed on Sunday to remove a limit of two consecutive terms for the president and vice president, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The committee proposed removing the clause “shall serve no more than two consecutive terms” from the constitution, Xinhua reported. The Central Committee also proposed inserting “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” into the constitution, Xinhua said in a separate statement, referring to President Xi. China to enshrine Xi’s name in state … [Read more...] about China proposes removal of two-term limit for president
The constitutional change must be approved by the National People's Congress 0SHARES Share Tweet Email The constitutional change must be approved by the National People's Congress. PHOTO: REUTERS BEIJING: China’s Communist Party proposed on Friday to engrave President Xi Jinping’s guiding philosophy in the country’s constitution, further cementing his status as its most powerful leader in decades. Xi’s eponymous “thought” was already enshrined in the Communist Party constitution at a major congress in October, elevating him to the same status as modern China’s founder Mao Zedong. China says US should do more to cut its ‘enormous’ opioid demand The architect of China’s economic reforms, Deng Xiaoping, is the only other leader whose name appears alongside his guiding principle in both the state and party constitutions. The party’s Central Committee proposed at a two-day meeting … [Read more...] about China to enshrine Xi’s name in state constitution