China To Change Constitution, Allowing Xi To Stay In Power Forever

In an announcement that was already expected by the general public and largely a forgone conclusion, China's Communist Party has officially cleared the way for President Xi Jinping to rule as emperor for life by announcing on Sunday that it intends to abolish a two-term constitutional limit on the presidency.


The change to the country's constitution follows the decision during last October's National People's Congress to enshrine Xi's name in the country's constitution (see "Xi Could Rule For "Decades" As China's New Leadership Team Unveiled"), making him the first living leader to be granted such an honor.

In addition, the Party's appointments to the Politburo lacked a clear successor to Xi, another sign that he intends to seek a third term after the conclusion of his second term, which has only just begun.

As the NYT reports, citing local media, the Central Committee approved the amendments to the Constitution at a meeting last month. But the vague official announcement released at that time did not hint at the momentous expansion of Mr. Xi’s presidential power, which was kept secret until Sunday.

In another victory for Mr. Xi, the draft amendments to the Constitution would also add his trademark expression for his main ideas - "Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era" - into the preamble of the Constitution, as well as adding a nod to the ideological contributions of his predecessor, Mr. Hu.

The amendments are almost certain to be passed into law by the party-controlled legislature, the National People’s Congress, which holds its annual full session from March 5. The congress has never voted down a proposal from party leaders.

"Sunday’s move will make Mr. Xi much more powerful than he already was, and will dampen any remnants of resistance to his rule", said Zhang Baohui, professor of international affairs at Lingnan University in Hong Kong.

"Once people know he will serve for who knows how long, it will strengthen his power and motivate everybody to bandwagon with him," said Mr. Zhang. "Any rival will think he will be almighty."

In other words, "Dear Leader" has returned.

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This historic shift was predicted by many since last fall, when Xi refused to appoint a successor as his power would begin to wane in a year or two as he entered what would've been a lame duck period for his presidency - the second half of his second term.

At the same party congress, Mr. Xi conspicuously broke with precedent by choosing not to name a pair of much younger officials to the Politburo’s ruling inner circle, the seven-member standing committee, to serve as his heirs-in-waiting. Instead, Mr. Xi chose men — no women — who were closer to his own age or older.

Mr. Xi’s strongman style has been compared to that of the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin. But even Mr. Putin, who has amassed considerable personal power, did not try to erase his country’s constitutional limit on serving more than two consecutive terms as president as he approached that limit in 2008.

Instead, he arranged for a close adviser with limited personal influence, Dmitri A. Medvedev, to serve as president for a single term while Mr. Putin held the post of prime minister. Mr. Putin then returned to the presidency in 2012, and is running this year for re-election to another term.

Mr. Xi may now have even greater power, and the question will be how he chooses to use it.

"Xi Jinping is susceptible to making big mistakes because there are now almost no checks or balances," said Willy Lam, an adjunct professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong who is the author of a biography of Mr. Xi in 2015. "Essentially, he has become emperor for life."

In another Xi-approved break with tradition, Wang Qishan, a close ally of the president's who helped carry out Xi's campaign against corruption and disloyalty in the party, appears set to return to power as vice president. Wang, 69, stepped down from a party position last year because of his age.

The announcement sheds new light on Xi's decision to send to Liu He - one of his closest advisers and the most likely candidate to take over the PBOC later this year - to Washington on Tuesday. Instead of a trip to argue against Trump's toughening stance on free trade, Liu may be heading to Washington to explain Xi's decision to the Trump administration.

In kneejerk response, some China commentators had rather harsh words for the dramatic china, with WSJ commentator Li Yuan noting that "even though this has been talked about for a few years, it still feels like one man’s Pearl Harbor attack on the whole country."

As Yuan also notes, the local reaction to the news was also notable, with Baidu searches for "migration" spiking shortly after the news came out at 4pm local time.


During his time as president, Xi has launched grandiose initiatives like the "One belt, one road" initiative to build a modern Silk Road that would cement China's position as a global hegemon to rival the US.

...Or as Ian Bremmer, founder and president of Eurasia Group, puts it...



nmewn veritas semper… Sun, 02/25/2018 - 14:32 Permalink

Oh man, you don't know the commies at all then.

Have you ever stopped to consider just how in the world communists/socialists were able to snap up all "the peoples assets" (lol) in such record time when the USSR went tits up?

Get it?

They were all commies/socialists over there so, they were not supposed to have any "personal wealth" at all to...ahem..."invest"...for the future good of the ummmm Motherland...cuz ya nooowah!...communism/socialism...right? ;-)

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veritas semper… nmewn Sun, 02/25/2018 - 15:24 Permalink

Well,in fact I know them better than you. My grandparents and parents lived in an ex communist country.

I can compare it to whatever system ,liberty and property you think you have here.

-houses: in their ex communist country,they had brick and stone houses,built to last centuries,did not pay property taxes when they bought the house,could leave it to their children without taxes

-furniture in the house,rugs,etc: real quality,not cheap stuff like here

-they could not have a big piece of land,only small ones,on which they did not pay property taxes

-health care and education free. And I can tell you you could have real great education,the indoctrination referred to history mostly. But great science(mathematics and physics,chemistry,literature,2-3 foreign languages,sports,etc.) .I can say that it could not compare to the crappy  US public schools. The health system was not extraordinary,but not so bad in fact and extremely cheap,and doctors were not payed too well,but I can tell you from experience that it was less corrupted than here.

-you could buy a car much cheaper than here,of course not the last Japanese or SK or German great car,but their cars were actually pretty good and served their purpose

-things to wear,made in the country,of infinite better quality than here,and much cheaper

-the salaries of the people not great,but let's talk about stagnant salaries here?

-and yes,in terms of corruption ,JUSA has no comparison: the communist only destroyed their countries,JUSA has and is trying to destroy the globe

THIS IS NOT AN ENDORSEMENT of socialism/communism.

The issue is not communist or socialist or capitalist. The issue is MONOPOLY of money printing,emitted as debt(credit) and usury.

Money should be INTEREST FREE.

Until we address this issue,which seems to escape so many,it does NOT MATTER what flavor -ism you have.


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nmewn veritas semper… Sun, 02/25/2018 - 16:46 Permalink

I understood you perfectly, perhaps you were inarticulate in explaining what you were trying to say.

You presumably (but your parents & grandparents, definitely) came from a former communist country where healthcare is "Faaarrreee!" (which cannot be) and the houses are made of stone (no doubt because stone is plentiful & cheap) and the carpets & clothes are of the highest quality. 

You offered no reason why you are "here" when you say: "I can compare it to whatever system ,liberty and property you think you have here."...I assume you to because you did not say over there, placing

So I said if it sucks so bad for should return to...there.

I assume your family is still "there" and I'm having a hard time understanding if it's so great "there" (in that ex-communist nation that goes unnamed) why are you here? 

But you issued forth a lot of words to get around my original point of the oligarchs within ex-communist nations stealing the "assets of the people" who are still "there", didn't you? ;-)

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techpriest Occident Mortal Sun, 02/25/2018 - 11:37 Permalink

Somehow I saw this coming years ago, when someone was showing me these pictures of Xi going to very ordinary restaurants to make himself look like a normal person.

In Western history, there are plenty of examples of autocrats who first position themselves as "one of us" In medieval times people knew that the king's wars were his own business, and not the people's business. Nowadays, wars are total wars, and everyone is dragged into them.

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a Smudge by an… Luc X. Ifer Sun, 02/25/2018 - 11:42 Permalink

Yup. And it's a long time coming. For generations, the "Mandarins" have been exporting Han Chinese all the way across the land. Logistically it's connected but more importantly it's been culturally homogenized to what they figure is a sufficient degree.

Their buildup on the NK border is multilayered. First it's designed to keep Norks trapped inside Nork (assuming we attack them) and secondly it's positioned to occupy Nork ASAP. USA policy will be to steer ownership to our vassal state, South Korea. That would be intolerable to the Chinese regime.

Nice little stage set for mayhem eh?

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BobEore directaction Sun, 02/25/2018 - 19:56 Permalink

Oh no!

 Even moar... bad hair days appear to be in store... for the Zhombie hordes whose visions of silky roads leading to the castles of friendly Pandas handing out golden loot bags to good ghouls n fanbooys of the occident...

keep gettin dashed on the rocks of a really rough cycle of news which goes from bad to badder.... as

Pouties 'peacekeepers' start to resemble Darth Vader... invadin folks with bombs n other seemingly unfriendly messages

Panda Presidents drop the capitalist roader masks to become neo-maoist "DEAR LEadERS FOR LIFE"...

and the wheels fall completely offa already shaky Saker-y storylines bout how those Lubavitch lunatics pulling the strings of Orangehaired puppet potuses... and vodka-flavored former KGB strongmen...

should just be ignored... cause ... everything is just swell in

Unicorn skittle land!

Xay it ain't so Joe!



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caconhma directaction Sun, 02/25/2018 - 10:25 Permalink

Xi as a king could be expected since his family members were Chairman Mao's very close associates.

On another side, we know where it will end: just look at North Korea. 

As for Trump as a king, just imaging bimbo Ivanka as a queen and scumbag Kushner as a Zio Grand Duke of New York. Disgusting!

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veritas semper… toady Sun, 02/25/2018 - 12:33 Permalink

Considering the fact that the Donald(like all JUSA presidents)is a figure head representing the interest of the real power behind the throne(aka the money changers),we already have the SAME PEOPLE holding the power .And we had this for a long,long time. There are only 8 or 9 families having the real power. They all belong to the tribe.The president is SELECTED by them . The Congressmen and Senators are bought(we saw that when they vote IN UNANIMITY for the interest of Israhell,like the sanctions against Russia,NK,Iran,signed by the Donald into law,like the standing ovations for Satanyahoo.How embarrassing is that?)

At least in China,they have THEIR OWN KING ,not a foreign one.

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GUS100CORRINA Silver Swan Sun, 02/25/2018 - 10:00 Permalink

China To Change Constitution, Allowing Xi To Stay In Power Forever

My response: Absolute power corrupts absolutely!! Without checks and balances, a nation can and does fall off the cliff. Go read George Washington's prophetic farewell address.

Does indeed look like CHINA is becoming a lot less democratic and a lot more of a dictatorship under authoritarian rule.

The year 2018-19 should be very interesting on the trade front.

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Polynik3s FreeShitter Sun, 02/25/2018 - 10:08 Permalink

Keeping Putin has worked out very well for Russians and the anti-NWO confederation.

Let's see how this one ends up. Chinese are too numerous to ever rule like humans. Unlike ideal democracies less than 20 million in Scandinavia, China govt. will never treat people with human respect.

Think of a house with 2 dogs call it Denmark. Multiple that 2 dogs by 233. The house of China has 466 dogs. What owner will ever rule over 466 dogs with any affection?

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Polynik3s FreeShitter Sun, 02/25/2018 - 10:24 Permalink

CIA should be the first agency to be dismantled and hang half of them for treason. FBI should be second on the list.

We will never be able to abolish the Rothschild Central Bank, remove Mossad terrorists that did 911/Boston bombing, remove compromised politicians, or end fake War On Terror with the existing Judas State in FBI and CIA.

CIA has soldiers that would not allow dimantling of the Bank of Zionists without a fight. So the CIA must be fought.

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techpriest Polynik3s Sun, 02/25/2018 - 11:55 Permalink

I would recommend actually reading some history of the nations you are talking about. Political leadership has rarely if ever had anything to do with "the people." At least the average Chinese person knows this, and if they know nobody's listening they will tell you. How many Westerners even know that the whole point of politics is to separate you from your money and liberty?

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