The official Chinese News Agency, Xinhua published the text of a series of amendments proposed by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China to the National People’s Congress Standing Committee. The most controversial is that which eliminates term limits on the presidency.
Xi Jinping is no Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus.
“Article 14 Paragraph 3 of Article 79 of the Constitution “The president and vice president of the People’s Republic of China shall hold the same term as each term of the National People’s Congress and shall not hold office for more than two consecutive terms.” Amend to read as follows: “The term of office of president of the People’s Republic of China and the term of office of vice president shall be the same as the term of office of the National People’s Congress.”
The National People’s Congress will convene on 5 March to discuss revision of the constitution among other issues.
The term of the National People’s Congress is five years. The two-term limit meant that President Xi could only serve for ten years, ending in 2023. Under the new proposal, Xi coulf serve as President indefinitely. His position as general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party has no term limit.
Xinhua also published the proposal to incorporate Xi Jinping thought into the Chinese constitution. It is already incorporated into the Chinese Communist Party’s constitution.
While Westerners have great mistrust for leaders, the Chinese by in large do not. It goes to mindset.