China lawmakers abolish presidential term limits

Chinese President Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping

The critics "revel in their ignorance of China's reality and hold fast to their mean, even malicious predisposition toward China's political system out of their irrational, subjective and unprofessional ideological bias", the China Daily said.

On paper, the congress is the most powerful legislative body in China - similar to the parliament in other nations. "But from America's perspective, this administration has been very clear of pushing back against the Chinese threat".

China's parliament voted today to abolish presidential term limits, clearing the path for President Xi Jinping to rule for life. It said it aligned the presidency with Xi's two other, more powerful, posts - heads of the party and the military - without no term limits.

While social media accounts of major state media outlets either disabled their comment section or only made visible comments praising the party, some words of dissent did manage to make it past the censors.

That opening, followed by Deng's market-style economic reforms in 1979, ignited Western hopes that - despite the ruling Communist Party's insistence that it would never share power - China was destined to become a democracy.

Tom Rafferty, China regional manager for the Economist Intelligence Unit, said repealing the restriction on the president's term reduced the chances that the next leadership transition would be as orderly as those in 2002 and 2012. "Throughout history, only Chinese emperors and Mao Zedong had lifelong tenure until their deaths".

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A constitutional change is either proposed by the NPC Standing Committee or by more than one-fifth of all NPC deputies, and then requires the approval of two-thirds or more of NPC deputies during the annual session.

According to Xinhua, the amendment also enshrined "Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era", which has been "the fundamental theoretical guide for the historic achievements and shifts" in the country.

He dismissed the removal of term limits, for both president and vice-president, as a mere housekeeping item, aimed at "optimizing the leading structure of the country". This system was put in place in the 1980's by Deng Xiaoping to prevent other dictatorship like Mao's, who assumed the power in 1949 to his death in 1976.

At a Communist Party Congress past year, his signature theory - "Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics in a New Era" - was enshrined in China's constitution. "I think whoever benefits people can stay there forever".

While the reform and opening-up drive, which began 40 years ago, has made unbelievable progress, it brought major changes to the country's Constitution.

"That doesn't bode well for hard reforms ahead: Will the CCP be able to raise the retirement age?"

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"A second-term president with nothing to lose might have been in a better position to enact these changes and accept the blame before stepping down".

"If Xi is right, he will be more effective in getting his policies implemented", Tsang continued.

"Term limits, avoidance of a cult of personality, and the end of routine political purges - all of these were part of China's reform-era leaders' efforts to steer the nation out of the chaos and instability of the Maoist era", said Carl Minzner, a professor of law at Fordham University in NY and author of a new book on Xi's authoritarianism.

However, if the policies are not right for China, there's no much to be done.

Chinese authorities have been unwilling to countenance criticism of the change, on Sunday going so far as to refuse to translate a reference in a question to the "Cultural Revolution", a period of murderous upheaval under Mao.

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