China Proposes Dropping Term Limits for President Xi Jinping

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Top Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials have proposed to remove the expression that the president and vice-president "shall serve no more than two consecutive terms" from the country's Constitution, the official Xinhua news agency said yesterday.

Xi, 64, is now required by the country's constitution to step down as president after two five-year terms.

Xi past year assumed the title of "core" of the CCP's leadership, elevating him above to a position reminiscent of communist China's founder, Mao Zedong.

The party has also proposed to include Xi's thought to the national constitution.

Term limits on officeholders have been in place since they were included in the 1982 constitution, when lifetime tenure was abolished.

WeChat advised users they temporarily could not change their profile photos or usernames - a measure last used during the Communist Party's Congress a year ago.

"Titles don't matter as much in China as they do in the West".

"Whether Xi ends up being Party Chairman or just remains Party Secretary doesn't really matter".

This consolidation of power recalls the clout held by Chairman Mao Zedong, the founder of modern China who launched the tumultuous Cultural Revolution during the 1960s and '70s.

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Speculation that Xi Jinping, 64, might seek to stay on has intensified since he declined to set out a clear successor at a twice-a-decade leadership reshuffle last October.

But while other analysts agree that is one a reason for Xi to stay around, there are also other reasons why he may need more time.

Deng said the move sent an obvious message about Xi's intention.

Next week, the party's central committee will hold a three-day plenum in Beijing that is expected to further strengthen Mr Xi's position by installing his allies as central bank governor and to lead the banking watchdog. Officials who have reached the age of 68 or older at the time of the congress customarily retire.

Since his arrival in power, five years ago, Chinese president has accumulated enormous power.

State media has also increasingly been using the term "lingxiu" to refer to Xi, which means "leader". The final roadblock to him retaining his position as the leader of the world's second-largest economy appears to have been removed by the ruling Communist Party of China. Wang, in the end, didn't remain on the PSC-though there's still a chance that he may not actually retire.

In one posting a user said, "Since the constitution is a law that touches on the human rights of all the people of China, as a citizen do I have any right to vote on a certain party's proposal to amend the constitution?"

Reports that China was discussing changes to the constitution came out in December, but there was no word on what the country was planning to change.