Xi Jinping can be China's president until he dies. Technically

Ruben Ruiz
March 1, 2018

President Donald Trump welcomes Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago state in Palm Beach, Florida.

Social media users shared images of Winnie the Pooh hugging a jar of honey along with the quote, "Find the thing you love and stick with it".

The United States and China have one of the world's biggest trading relationships but a steady series of multibillion-dollar Chinese trade surpluses has fueled complaints about Beijing's market barriers and demands for restrictions on USA imports from China.

Li told the Associated Press on Tuesday: "If there are no term limits on a country's highest leader, then we are returning to an imperial regime". Key search topics such as "serve another term" were censored.

The proposal must be approved in March by the country's parliament, though its expected to meet no resistance.

A simple thirst for power is another possible motivation. He may be looking to avoid more political rivals. Xi's vision includes two programs that have fueled concerns about China's clout: a sweeping military modernization drive and a global trade-and-infrastructure program called the Belt and Road Initiative. He also said by 2050, it would be a leading world power. "He's helping us with North Korea", Trump said during a White House meeting with USA governors. Others have noted that Xi needs to concentrate more power in his hands in order to force through wrenching economic reforms.

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Following the addition to the CCP Constitution that the People's Liberation Army would "implement Xi Jinping's thinking on strengthening the military" and that the "Chairperson of the Central Military Commission [currently Xi] assumes overall responsibility over the work of the Commission", the November 2017 "Opinions on Comprehensively Deepening Implementation of the Central Military Commission Chairman Responsibility System" reiterated Xi's military leadership in his capacity as chairman of the CMC.

But many Chinese I speak with are anxious. "Maybe an unspoken agreement has been reached inside the Chinese Communist Party that one has to step down after three or four terms", Hu said.

Deng Xiaoping brought back term limits 1982 in an attempt to prevent one-man rule, something that the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution proved was disastrous.

"I don't think this bodes well for smooth Sino-Japanese relations, especially in the South China and East China seas", said Dreyer. "In the long run, however, this will probably further complicate the perennial problem that authoritarian states confront in finding a way to peacefully and orderly transfer power".

They are likely to be from China's "50 Cent Party" - a nickname coined for internet commentators who are paid small amounts to post messages supporting the government's position. While it may contribute to his power tremendously, the nature of Xi's reign and some of the most persistent challenges facing China today, may also lead to a fall in his popularity within the party. But that would appear little more than a formality, with the congress having never voted down a proposal from party leaders. Party spokespeople reject such talk, insisting Xi is the core of its seven-member Standing Committee, not a lone strongman. Now Xi was adopting Russia's leader as a role model.

State broadcaster CCTV posted an article to its popular WeChat account that declared: "Under the leadership of Xi, Chinese people have stepped into the promising new era!" With the power of Chinese leaders tending to begin to wane about halfway through their second term, analysts have cautioned that a clearer picture of whether Xi will stay on for decades will come depending on what China looks like in 2020 or 2021 - but all the signs are there for Xi to hold all the major power for at least a decade and it will be up to him what he does with it.

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