China prepares ground for Xi to stay in power indefinitely

Michele Moreno
March 4, 2018

In an editorial, which in essence backs The Guardian's view, The Indian Express said that Xi's consolidation of power highlights the "structural weakness" in the Chinese communist party.

The Constitution is the fundamental legal document that ensures that even though China undergoes all sorts of difficulties, it will continue to advance along the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics, and realise national rejuvenation.

Yet, it doesn't mean "all Chinese people support the amendment" and blindly or passively "hope it can contribute to [their] well-being" as the, an influential party-backed publication claimed.

Currently, the Chinese constitution, which has been in effect since 1982, prohibits more than two terms for the president and the vice-president. Even though Mr. Xi would have given up the presidency in several years time, under the prevailing rules he could have maintained control of the party and the military long past 2023.

Mr. Xi's decision speaks to both his strengths and weaknesses. The conference session, the first held in Xi's second five-year term as party leader, went through a work report and a presentation of the future outlook delivered by Chairman Yu Zhengsheng. If he steps down from the presidency, many of those enemies would look forward to settling scores. He is now effectively president-for-life, or at least until things get so bad that the people around him decide they have to overthrow him, as Mugabe's cronies eventually did. But Wang said China's efforts to showcase its "true image" have been held to a double standard and unfairly criticized. Mair also said that "board a plane" was blocked because this phrase sounds which translates into Chinese as "ascend the throne".

Xi was born on June 15, 1953 in Beijing.

Other posts were censored, and they include posts that mention the words, "my emperor", "I object", "proclaimed king", "lifelong", and other words.

The legislation, which only needs President Donald Trump's signature to become law, says it should be USA policy to allow officials at all levels to travel to Taiwan to meet their Taiwanese counterparts, permit high-level Taiwanese officials to enter the United States "under respectful conditions" and meet with U.S. officials. Nobody has ever accused the Chinese of being less than subtle.

There has been a clear shift in how countries around the world think about China's growing power, which "is because of Xi Jinping", Green said.

Xi's real power rests on two other roles comprising "the trinity system". Deng Xiaoping, who made himself China's leader by tossing out Mao-heir Hua Guofeng, reduced the cost of losing political battles so they could not tear the Party apart.

"Jinping's personal power overriding the power of institutions and the constitution?". It is, however, the one that has triggered widespread condemnation, in China and elsewhere.

All of this has been legitimized by a cult of personality that would have been unthinkable under Xi's deliberately bland and harmless-seeming predecessors.

Such an institutionalized rule was followed by Jiang Zemin and especially Hu Jintao, Xi's two immediate predecessors. Scores of lawyers have been detained. There is certainly no evidence that one-man rule will provide that growth better than the existing system, so why (presuming that he is a loyal Communist) has Xi made a decision to overthrow it? Most middle-class people who stay behind would become more pessimistic in their political outlook and feel more alienated from the governing party.

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