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Does This New, Quiet Move Put China on the Path to Dictatorship?

China's ruling Communist Party is setting President Xi Jinping up for what could be a lifetime of leadership.

By NTK Staff | 02.26.2018 @9:00am
Does This New, Quiet Move Put China on the Path to Dictatorship?

If people were talking about China on Sunday, it was most likely because of China’s glowing pandas making a cameo at South Korea’s Closing Ceremony for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Beijing will host the 2022 Winter Olympics, so both the pandas and President Xi Jinping made brief appearances at the nearly-three-hour closing ceremonies on Sunday.

But while China showed its pandas and famous tourist spots to the world, the ruling Communist Party was setting the stage to allow its president to potentially stay in that position for life.

The Associated Press was one of many to report:

China’s ruling Communist Party has proposed scrapping term limits for the country’s president, the official news agency said, appearing to lay the groundwork for party leader Xi Jinping to rule as president beyond 2023.

The party’s Central Committee proposed to remove from the constitution the expression that China’s president and vice president “shall serve no more than two consecutive terms,” the Xinhua News Agency said Sunday.

…It was the latest move by the party signaling Xi’s willingness to break with tradition and centralize power under him. Xi has taken control of an unusually wide range of political, economic and other functions, a break with the past two decades of collective leadership.

While at least one analyst said “it’s impossible for China to have lifetime tenure again,” the Associated Press noted that Xi has consolidated power like few before him.

NTK Network covered an earlier iteration of Xi’s consolidation of power, back in October 2017:

Xi, though, has the world’s attention this week as he attends a Communist Party Congress in Beijing. There, Reuters reported, Xi is poised to amass more power than any Chinese leader since the infamous Mao Zedong.

Reuters also noted that the more members of the congress call Xi “lingxiu,” or leader, the closer party members see him to Mao.

Steve Bannon has claimed that President Trump respects Xi more than any other world leader. Xi, though, and China, seem about ready to take a step away from accountable leadership and toward unaccountable dictatorship.

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