Chinese military backs Xi’s plan to extend his presidency

March 03 10:28 2018

A rising China continues to attract the attention of an unprecedentedly interconnected and interdependent world.

The expansion of personal power over the political institutions is the most unnerving.

Reports in defense of the abolition of term limits have also been published in state media, including in the nationalistic tabloid the Global Times, which accused Western media of “bad-mouthing China in their usual and various ways”. Deng Xiaoping had introduced this clause to make sure that power is not concentrated in the hands of one leader.

Removing the term limits will open President Xi to non-expiring and unchecked power.

Normally at this time of year, the Party holds its “two sessions” (liang hui).

The US should be more anxious about Xi, according to a top journalist covering China. -China relations and China’s relations with neighboring countries and authoritarian regimes. As CNN writes in the article China’s new economic guru is trying to stop a trade war, experts say his mission appears to be an effort by Beijing to dial down the tensions that President Trump has helped fuel with recent tariffs on solar panels and threats of more punishing measures to come. “We need to watch whether reforms can accelerate”, said Citigroup economist Li-Gang Liu. The Chinese president noted that anxiety in his keynote speech: “Many people feel bewildered and wonder: What has gone wrong with the world?”

Xi is now 64 years old, which means he could dominate Chinese politics until 2030.

One does not know when the music will stop for the China growth story, but when it does, Xi will have the nationalism card to play. Finally, the 64-year-old Xi’s presumed longevity will provide China a leader with a clear, boldly stated strategic goal for its expanding role on the global stage.

Since 2013, China has begun expanding their territorial claims by building seven artificial islands in the South China Sea, putting military landing strips and other facilities on them, and seeking to control the waters and airspace of the entire area, which happens to lie in some of the most crucial shipping lanes on the entire planet. Equally important, this latest action further alienates a number of critical constituencies whose power Xi may be underestimating. Instead, it argues that “Western media have been growing strident in their abuse of Beijing, nearly using curse words” because “the rise of China has reached a critical point where some Westerners can not psychologically bear it any longer”. “They would look very provocative to us, from a foreign perspective, but they may not be intended that way”.

But “getting permission from a rubber stamp legislative branch to become autocrat-for-life only undermines the ability of democratic leaders to afford such respect”, said Orville Schell, director of the Center on US-China Relations at the Asia Society in NY. No one at the United Nations has the temerity to stand up to Russian Federation or China.

Official statistics show that China is responsible for the purchase of 62 percent of all United States soy beans, 14 percent of cotton, 25 percent of all Boeing aeroplanes and 17 percent of automobiles, as well as 15 percent of integrated circuits – all of which makes China the biggest export market for the USA outside North America. The manner in which the Modi government has been stepping up its ties with all ASEAN countries must be seen as one of the vital components of India’s response mechanism to deal with an assertive China under Xi. He unleashed an anti-corruption campaign, in which thousands of senior officials were arrested or forced into early retirement, to centralise power, but also break down some vested interests, particularly in state-owned enterprise, and dismantle patronage networks inside the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

Foreign policy, especially U.S.

The world should give up the hope that China will liberalize and democratize as it becomes more prosperous.

With China fence-sitting, Turkey and Saudi Arabia’s support weren’t enough for Islamabad to avoid its name from featuring on the FATF’s list of countries indulging in terror funding.

“That’s a decision for China to make about what’s best for their country”, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday.

The core of the CPC is “Comrade Xi Jinping“.

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