China Paves Way for President Xi Jinping to Stay in Power Indefinitely

“He’s a bit of bulldozer — and there’s no other senior politician who could or want to stand up to him,” said Duncan Innes-Ker, regional director for Asia at the Economist Intelligence Unit. “Its removal could trigger political infighting — that’s why this move is dangerous.”
However, when asked about a potential power struggle, Shen Chunyao, a senior NPC official, dismissed such concerns. The National Supervision Commission (NSC) will have a comparable status to the cabinet, the supreme court and the top prosecutor’s office, consolidating existing graft-busting powers vested in various government agencies. The ruling Communist Party announced the proposals on February 25 and, amid a backlash in some quarters, has justified the change as a necessity to align the presidency with Xi’s two other, more powerful, posts — heads of the party and the military — that have no term limits. Brazen step
Since the amendment to scrap presidential term limits also applies to the vice presidency, many analysts see growing signs of the hitherto ceremonial position going to one of Xi’s most trusted lieutenants. “The bigger question is whether or not this accumulation of power around Xi is positive or negative for reform.”
“At the moment, we are not confident about the direction the government is going on its policy of reform.”

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The 64-year-old Xi, already hailed as the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong, last week gave a ringing endorsement to the proposed constitutional changes, calling them a reflection of the “common will of the party and the people.”
But some critics say the move is not only against the public interest but also makes Xi politically vulnerable in the long run. China watchers say the brazen step toward life-long tenure for Xi demonstrates his character. Out of 2,964 ballots, just two delegates voted against the move and three abstained, suggesting minimal opposition to Xi’s push to rule for life. (Credit: Fred Durfour/AFP/Getty Images)
Inside Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, nearly 3,000 delegates to the National People’s Congress (NPC) cast their ballots on a series of proposed amendments — including removing the restriction that had limited the presidency to two consecutive five-year terms. “The top leader’s term limits are the biggest common denominator shared by all political forces in China,” he said. China’s largely ceremonial parliament on Sunday overwhelmingly endorsed a controversial change to the country’s constitution, paving the way for President Xi Jinping to stay in power indefinitely. Wang Qishan, China’s fearsome former anti-corruption czar, is likely to become the new vice president later this week and be given major responsibilities, allowing the two men to join hands again to rule China for years to come. “The trouble with being the clear leader of everything is that everyone knows where the buck stops if something goes wrong.”
Another major constitutional change approved Sunday was the creation of an all-powerful national anti-corruption agency, regarded by many as equally significant as the removal of term limits in its impact on Chinese politics. “I don’t think this issue exists,” he said at a post-vote press conference. “He just dug a huge hole for himself,” said Li Datong, a former editor of the state-run China Youth Daily newspaper and one of the few voices of open opposition. China’s President Xi Jinping stands during the third plenary session of the first session of the 13th National People’s Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 11, 2018.