China’s National People’s Congress is set to vote to end constitutional limits on President Xi Jinping’s rule. It’s a major reversal of measures enacted in 1982 designed to prevent a lifelong dictatorship.
Chinese lawmakers have passed a landmark constitutional amendment that removes presidential term limits. The move paves the way for President Xi Jinping to become president for life.
China made a series of historic decisions at its 13th National People's Congress in Beijing. Not only will President Xi Jinping be able to rule indefinitely, he is more powerful than ever, says DW's Philipp Bilsky.
The president closed the two-week National People's Congress with the promise of a new era of military might. Xi said that any nation interfering in China's territorial integrity would face "the punishment of history."
The ruling Communist Party of China has called for the removal of two-term limits for the office of president. Such a move could pave the way for current leader Xi Jinping to remain as head of state after 2023.
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