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Xi Jinping consolidated his hold over China after a constitutional amendment was passed with two “no” votes and 3 abstentions, against 2,957 to allow him to remain in office for an undefined period of time. Xi Jinping confronted by ‘Great Power’ rivalry.
The Communist party of China announced that “the masses” had unanimously demanded the removal of term limits.
As the holder of the top offices of the party, state and military, Xi Jinping is now even freer to pursue his vision of transforming China into an economic and military superpower.
Although expected, the proposal was kept under wraps until it was revealed in a state media report a week before the legislature’s opening session.
The party later disclosed that Xi had presided over a meeting of the Politburo in September when it was decided to revise the constitution.
It then sought proposals and opinion from the national congress (NPC).
“Xi asked all people to obey the constitution, and then used the amendment to place himself above it,” one critic in China dared say.
But critics of the re-affirmed president of China are few and far between for the economic progress the country has made and, outside of it, with New Silk Road, or the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) daily gaining new adherents.
Meanwhile, the West has trained its guns fully on Russia’s Vladimir Putin, who is being accused of having had poison administered to an alleged Russian double-agent in Britain, which has led to the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats from British soil.
With the Russian elections just days away, Britain, the US’s closest ally in Europe, has availed this dramatic opening to break the China-Russia authoritarian locks-step.
The developing world remains on tenterhooks to see how China’s Xi Jinping will take up this Great Power’s challenge, in the smoke and mirrors game presently underway.