China’s Communist Party Aims to Remove 2-Term Presidency Limit

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The People’s Republic of China’s Communist Party is proposing an amendment to the Chinese Constitution, specifically the line that reads “The president and vice president shall serve no more than two consecutive terms,” according to abcnews.go.com.

“It means as long as Xi is alive and the Communist Party is in power, then Xi Jinping will be the most powerful person in China,” said Bill Bishop, author of the influential Sinocism newsletter. “Xi will be a more powerful leader than any of his predecessors, going back decades,” according to abcnews.go.com.

China’s government is a republic under its Constitution. Unlike the United States, China has four branches of government, the Legislative Branch, Executive Branch, Judicial, and Military. The primary components of state power are the National People’s Congress, the President, and the State Council. Members of the State Council include the Premier, a variable number of Vice Premiers, five State Councilors, and 29 ministers and heads of State Council commissions. However the Communist Party is recognized as the Supreme Political Power, according to wikipedia.com.

This proposal has been deemed unusual because propositions of this magnitude are almost always leaked, but this was not before it was announced February 25, 2018, implying that it was acted on by impulse, or was expertly hidden, according too foxnews.com.

Steve Tsang, director of the China Institute at SOAS University of London and the author of a book about Xi, wrote, “The news confirms that Xi’s hold to power is sufficiently strong for him to insist on something unwanted by the establishment but desired by himself,” according to scmp.com.

“It’s unprecedented since the inception of the Communist Party of China, and it even goes beyond the Mao era,” said Wu Qiang, a Beijing-based political analyst, according to abcnews.go.com.

“For years, rumors have persisted that Xi Jinping wanted to stay in office past his term, but now we have direct proof,” said Jude Blanchette, a Beijing-based expert on Chinese politics at the Conference Board research group, as reported by abcnews.go.com.