7 things to look out for at this year's two meetings

Sunday, 04 Mar, 2018

Xi is also planning to use the National People's Congress' annual meeting in order to appoint allies in key government positions, including the vice president, the central bank chief, and dozens of ministry-level positions. At the moment, he has not yet completed his first. Xi has overseen increased stifling of people's rights and freedoms, marking his own ascent to becoming the most powerful leader of China since Mao Zedong. "China can not stop and take a break", one newspaper thunders, "The country must seize the day, seize the hour". The two countries also issued a joint news statement.

By itself, the end of this term limit is relatively unimportant.

But as President Xi Jinping tightens his grip on power and bids to continue his leadership past a second term, censors have taken the most freaky decision yet - to ban the letter "N".

Xi's real power rests on two other roles comprising "the trinity system".

In practice, however, the term limit and the institution of collective leadership had a greater effect: to effectively curb the power of the number one leader.

The Strait Times, a Singapore-based newspaper wrote that Xi is here to stay and that China under him is likely to consolidate its influence in the East and South East Asia. In addition, however, Xi Jinping now holds all three positions. And he obviously wants to continue doing so.

Mr Wang retired past year from the standing committee of the politburo, having turned 69. The Chinese constitution has added a preamble that cements "Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era" as the cornerstone of Chinese communism, and he has popularized an image of himself as the Confucian ideal of an all-seeing "sage-king".

Chinese state media have been praising the decision to remove term limits, saying that that they should be removed for the benefit of the country as they work toward challenging America on a global stage.

A wide range of phrases in Chinese have been banned such as "constitutional amendments", "constitution rules", "emigration" and "emperor". To a great degree, China's rapid social and economic development and transformation has taken place under remarkably stable political conditions.

There are many reasons to see catastrophic consequences. The 19th People's Congress demonstrated that Xi Jinping, after Mao, was the de-facto "Chairman".

Such an appearance has afforded average people an optimistic outlook of China's future, while ensuring that foreign capital could trust the system.

Yet many, supporters and critics alike, misperceived the nature of China's system by overestimating its strength. Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao added their trademark ideas and successfully carried the Communist Party with them. When Jiang's successor, Hu Jintao, finished his two terms as president, he simultaneously relinquished the top military position and lost almost all power at once.

On February 9, 1796, Qianlong, the sixth emperor of the Qing dynasty and the leader of China at its pre-modern peak of power, size, and prestige, abdicated in the 61st year of his reign in favour of his 35-year-old son. Reuters, for instance, is reporting that Xinhua's press release "was created to railroad" recalcitrant members of the Central Committee, and those brazen tactics are evidently causing even more friction in a badly split Party leadership. His leadership has forced smaller countries to align with China, allowing the dominant nation to take disproportionate gains because they are unsure if larger countries will back them up. China Digital Times has a longer list on its website.