China begins legal overhaul to remove Xi Jinping's presidential term limits

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The removal of term limits, an issue which was taken up during the third plenary of the 19th Congress, is likely to be given approval by the rubber-stamp Congress on 5 March.

Australia has been roiled in the past year by allegations of a far-reaching Chinese government effort to infiltrate and sway national politics as well as Australia's large overseas Chinese community.

Adding to the political stakes in China, Trump's announcement came ahead of next week's meeting of its ceremonial legislature, the year's most prominent political event.

The rules for who heads the party, the military and the state - all positions Xi now holds - are the same, the newspaper said.

"This is absolutely unacceptable and it's a point we've made many times", Trudeau said.

China's Commerce Ministry shot back late Friday, saying Trump's plan would "seriously damage multilateral trade mechanisms represented by the World Trade Organization and will surely have huge impact on normal global trade order". It is important to know Philippines and China are now locked in a territorial dispute over Spartly Islands. China Digital Times has a longer list on its website.

During a two-week session that will begin Monday, China's parliament is expected to begin enacting sweeping legislative changes that would allow Xi to stay in power indefinitely, as well as give him even greater control over the country's money and power.

On February 25, 2018, Xi Jinping took a decidedly different approach. One of the posts that was censored by Weibo's parent company, Sina, said in a comment we've translated, "Amendments to the constitution are usually supposed to promote people's freedom and limit public power". Particularly in Hong Kong where residents are already looking towards a separate state. Xi's rise to absolute power, Time said, should worry the world.

"This amendment does not mean changing the retirement system for party and national leaders, and does not mean a life-long term system for leading officials", the paper wrote.

That said, as Li Datong, who circulated the open letter, rightly asserted, by abolishing the two-term limit, China is 'planting the seed once again of chaos.' The key reason why Mao, Kim and other dictators rule badly or catastrophically is that not only does absolute power corrupt absolutely and demoralizes as a 19th-century put it, but also an absolute ruler tends to act blindly and uncontrollably.

Xi, for the moment, holds all three positions.

Some have dug out earlier warnings by Deng Xiaoping and Jiang Zemin about the dangers of lifetime appointments and of predicating the stability of the country and party on the authority of one or two individuals, he said.

Deutsche Welle, the Germany-based English newspaper said that Xi is on course to be "tomorrow's dictator". "It was a very sudden and bold move that has raised many questions and concerns and there are some who can not understand", why the change is needed, said one man surnamed Ding, who works in the finance sector. Tensions were exacerbated by former President Barack Obama's decision to focus Washington's foreign policy more closely on the Asia-Pacific, where China claimed vast swathes of the region's disputed seas and has been accused of building artificial, militarized islands to enforce these claims.

The Central Committee (CC) of the Chinese Communist Party has approved a reform project and adopted a resolution to deepen reforms in state and party bodies. The editorial also had a word of caution for India, "For India, which had to deal with an aggressive China in Doklam, and manoeuvre against its rising influence in South Asia, the lack of checks and balances on Xi is a worrying sign". China's population is better educated, more affluent and better informed than ever.

However, Trump not only wasn't swayed by the Chinese official's presence, but announced the new tariffs without bothering to wait until Liu returns to China.

The Chinese government announced on Sunday that the party will remove the provision that the president and vice president "shall serve no more than two consecutive terms" from the country's constitution.

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