Change to Chinese presidency term limits could signal overhaul of role


The decision to remove the ­constitutional restriction on China’s presidential term limits suggests Chinese President Xi Jinping may want to turn what is essentially a ceremonial position into a role carrying much greater political heft, an observer familiar with party ideology says.

The party’s Central Committee on Sunday announced a plan to remove language from the charter saying the president and vice-president “shall serve no more than two consecutive terms”. The move is the strongest indication yet Xi plans to stay in power beyond the end of his second term as general secretary in 2022.

While most China experts have long expected he would find a way to remain in power, it is surprising the amendments have come so early in the second term…

Read more : SCMP, 26.02.2018