PEKING (Reuters) – By clearing the path to serve as Chinese President indefinitely, Xi Jinping has attempted to avert speculation about his future and gain even more authority over the achievement of his key political goals, analysts and analysts said Sources near the guide.
The abolition of the ten-year term is part of the constitutional changes announced on Sunday, which MEPs will adopt from 5 March at an annual session of parliament.
China's state-controlled media have sought to justify the startling step that guarantees stable leadership as China enters a period that has identified Xi as crucial to his vision of bringing the country back to its rightful place as a global power. However, the move was somewhat disturbed by political elites and the general public.
Xi has used his presidency to support China's increasingly expansive international agenda, from his country's demands in the South China Sea to his unique global infrastructure plan, the Belt and Road Initiative.
At the most important five-year Communist Party congress last October, he proclaimed new long-term goals for China to become a "global leader" in terms of international influence, with a "world-class" military force in the midst of the Century.
"When we begin to see a much more aggressive international attitude from China, we expect more of them, up to 1
At the heart of Xi's rhetoric of Chinese rejuvenation is its later union with the self-determined democratic Taiwan that claimed Beijing since 1949, when Chiang Kai-shek's nationalist troops fled to the island.
The proudly democratic Taiwan has shown no interest in being led by an autocratic China, and indeed, many Taiwanese are less and less able to identify with the mainland despite their close cultural ties.
"The reunification with Taiwan is an indispensable part of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation," said a source linked to Reuters leadership.
Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council said in a statement Monday that the constitutional changes are China's "internal affairs" and that it will not "draw conclusions" about possible implications for Taiwan.
David Kelly, director of the China Policy Research firm, said that Xi's full agenda on the domestic front, including concerns about high debt levels in the economy and a major overhaul of the country's financial sector, "require that you not are there. " a lame duck role. "
" His solutions to domestic issues are where it begins and ends, "said Kerry Brown, director of the Lau China Institute at King's College in London.
The limit of two five-year presidential elections was added to the Chinese constitution by Deng Xiaoping after the death of Mao Zedong in 1976, and collective leadership in the explicit recognition of dangers propagated the one-man rule
A long tenure in leadership positions and an over-concentration of power, Deng said in 1980, are "big problems" affecting the The party threatened to stymie and people "seriously alienate" threatened.
Critics say that Xi's prolonged tenure would not only provide stability but also reintroduce uncertainty and power struggles in future Communist Party leadership transitions.
The constitutional amendments were discussed in the German Bundestag in January Second plenum of the 204-member Central Committee, an important decision-making body of the Communist Party, but there were reservations, and there was no consensus, it says in two sources with links to high officials.
"There were different voices," Reuters first source said, adding that the blockade was an important reason why a third plenary was organized this week, which normally takes place in the fall.
The source said the announcement of the constitutional amendments on Sunday, one day before the three-day plenary session, should prepare the proposal.
"The way Xi undergoes the changes is drastic, it was not consensus-based," the second source said. "It was violent and could offend many people, not just liberals."
The Information Bureau of the Chinese State Council, which is also the party spokesman's office, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Despite a state media propaganda blast, the prospect of Xi's indeterminate rule led many Chinese social media users to bypass Internet censorship and share clever political memes on social media, some of which made flattering comparisons with authoritarian ones Reign in North Korea.
Nonetheless, the party believes that it has found the best governance model for China – and is not afraid to shout about it, as many Chinese people in China believe they are stagnant and increasingly hostile to Beijing and its political system.
"Democracy, which has been studied and practiced by Western societies for centuries, is ulcerating," it says Wednesday in a Global Times editorial that often expresses nationalist views.
"Our country must not be disturbed by the outside world or lose our confidence when the West is watching for growing vigilance over China."
Reporting by Philip Wen and Benjamin Kang Lim; Additional reporting by Ben Blanchard in Beijing and Yimou Lee in Taipei; Editing by Philip McClellan