China pushes back against criticism of plan for Xi to stay in power

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February 26, 2018

An activist kicks a portrait of Chinese President Xi Jinping during a protest against the upcoming meeting between Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou and Chinese President Xi Jinping, in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s plan for President Xi Jinping to remain in office indefinitely has sparked social media opposition, drawing comparisons to North Korea’s ruling dynasty and charges of creating a dictator by a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist.

The social media reaction late on Sunday quickly saw China swing into a concerted propaganda push by Monday, blocking some articles and publishing pieces praising the party.

The ruling Communist Party on Sunday proposed to remove a constitutional clause limiting presidential service to just two terms in office, meaning Xi, who also heads the party and the military, might never have to retire.

The proposal, which will be passed by delegates loyal to the party at next month’s annual meeting of China’s largely rubber stamp parliament, is part of a package of amendments to the country’s constitution.

1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • messup says:

    “Moral Leader” Xi is Mao Tse-Tung on steroids. Xi required Apple to agree with China’s iCloud control. Since, Apple has designated to all iPhone users use iCloud for storage.ALL iCloud data is now Chinese personal property. Gone are assurances that private data will remain private. iCloud data now belongs to China. So much for Xi’s attempt at “freedom.” Pray.Amen. God Bless America. Read A Bible. Psalm 128.

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