The Chinese Parliament has Lifted the Restrictions on the President's Term

Lawmakers applauded twice when it was introduced at the NPC annual session on March 5 for deliberation. The vote further underscored the total dominance of Chinese politics possessed by the 64-year-old Xi, who serves simultaneously as the head of state, leader of the ruling Communist Party and commander of the powerful 1 million-member armed forces.

It follows as China's legislature, the National People's Congress, approves a constitutional amendment that abolishes presidential limits of two consecutive terms.

He placed his orange ballot paper in a red box sitting on the stage of the cavernous hall. In the amendments of 1999, 21 of the 2,860 delegates had voted against and 24 had abstained from incorporating the "theory" of Deng.

"They include healthy rotation of leadership at all levels in order to maintain vitality and stability of the country", he said.

The changes have been rightly recognized as necessary to provide surety for the nation's progress by advancing law-based governance and upholding and developing socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era.

"We believe in the future that we will continue with this path and discover an even brighter future", Shen said.

Since Xi came to office, he has launched a sweeping anti-corruption program that has helped clear out rot within the party, as well political rivals some analysts argue.

In the run up to Sunday's vote, critics on Chinese social media attacked the move and drew parallels to North Korea or suggested a Mao-type cult of personality was forming. But the government quickly mounted a propaganda push, blocking some comments and publishing pieces praising the proposal.

However, the decision was made by the Chinese parliament when it passed a series of constitutional amendments. Lawmakers from across the country deliberated for almost a week before voting on Sunday.

He Guangliang from the southwestern province of Guizhou said it wasn't fair to draw comparisons with North Korea.

NCAA Tournament: Fans gather to celebrate Pack's second straight selection
Meanwhile, 53 of the 64 Final Four teams from the same period rated in the top 30 in adjusted defensive efficiency. Oklahoma would be the first team to earn an at-large berth with that poor of a finish heading into the tournament.

"It's a historic retrogression", said Li Datong, a former editor of China Youth Daily, a state newspaper.

The 13th session of China's parliament, known as the National People's Congress (NPC), is now in session in Beijing.

"You can't ask me that", said one lady, laughing nervously and declining to give her name.

Also encouraging is the possiblity that two of the country's most capable and outward-looking officials, Wang Qishan and Liu He, could become top advisors to Xi.

The constitutional amendment that was approved today abolished the two-term limit established for the presidents. One would write into the constitution the term "community of common destiny", also sometimes referred to as the "community of shared future" (命运共同体), an amorphous concept that places China at the center of a harmonious global community of peace and prosperity, in implicit contrast with the United States' hegemonic, self-interested control of the present worldwide system (China Brief, February 26, 2018).

"In its more than 90 years of history, the Chinese Communist Party has overcome a series of hardships and a wide range of big problems, questions and difficulties", Shen said.

Shops sell commemorative plates and memorabilia with his image alongside Mao's and he has accumulated so many political and military titles - from president, to Central Military Commission chairman and party "core" - that he has earned the nickname "Chairman of Everything".

Kurt M. Campbell, a former US assistant secretary of state for East Asia, and Ely Ratner, a former deputy national security adviser, wrote in the journal Foreign Affairs in February that events in the last decade have "dashed even modest hopes for political liberalization".

The General Secretary of CCP is the ultimate source of power in China.

  • Valspar Championship Final Round

    Valspar Championship Final Round

    Woods called back fusion the "last resort", but it was the procedure that made him healthy enough to compete again. The last time Woods had led a PGA Tour event came during the third round of the 2015 Wyndham Championship.
    Jimmy Kimmel won't be too political at Oscars

    Jimmy Kimmel won't be too political at Oscars

    Kimmel, hosted one of the lowest rated Oscars shows ever in 2017, as many in America are disgusted by Hollywood's politics. It was a smaller movie that (deservedly) won Best Picture and blew up afterward.

    Conway Claims She Has Been Offered WH Communications Director Job Many Times

    But in recent weeks, Hicks' connection to mounting administration scandals made her low profile impossible to maintain. Deputy White House Communications Director Josh Raffel announced his resignation a day earlier.
  • Ava DuVernay Discloses Why She Rejected the Chance to Direct 'Black Panther'

    Ava DuVernay Discloses Why She Rejected the Chance to Direct 'Black Panther'

    If you had the power to travel through the universe, would you do it? Welcome to a movie that should have stayed inside the book. However, rather than using tangible methods and metaphors, A Wrinkle in Time attributes negativity to an evil cloud.
    Proctor student charged with making a terroristic threat

    Proctor student charged with making a terroristic threat

    Out of an abundance of caution we will operate on an increased security level tomorrow as we want students to feel safe at school. And while some teens aren't taking gun violence seriously, others are finding the threats worrisome. ► Get more news instantly.
    Wenger irked by scrutiny, says 'turned the whole world down'

    Wenger irked by scrutiny, says 'turned the whole world down'

    I wanted to know why they followed City, what they thought of the season so far and what were their expectations going forward. The team is in sixth place in Premier League , 27 points behind City ahead of its match against the leaders on Thursday.
  • Australia claim big lead as Starc rips through S

    Australia claim big lead as Starc rips through S

    Day three has seen Australia extend their lead, now 213/9 in their second innings with a 402 run lead over South Africa . There was a bit of reverse swing so if we're honest, we were going to try and trap him on the crease and get him lbw.
    Northeast Assembly polls: It's a win-win in Tripura, Nagaland

    Northeast Assembly polls: It's a win-win in Tripura, Nagaland

    Nalgonda: BJP State president on Saturday felt that it was not a tough task for his party to capture power in Telangana. However, Banerjee feels the 2019 General Election will not be easy at all for the BJP to clinch a victory.
    Global shares fall after US Fed chief says he's optimistic

    Global shares fall after US Fed chief says he's optimistic

    With US treasury yields trading slightly lower back below 2.9, the dollar could struggle to rally much further. And he talked up inflation and economic overheating as the main worries for monetary policy.
  • SEC Tournament Final Game

    SEC Tournament Final Game

    Schofield's 22 points and 10 rebounds led the Vols, while SEC Player of the Year Grant Williams added 15 points and nine rebounds. No question beating Kentucky is hard enough but the fact that Tennessee has a 2-0 advantage this season makes it tougher.
    Who is Sam Nunberg? Many want to know

    Who is Sam Nunberg? Many want to know

    Asked Tuesday about the concerns he elicited, Nunberg declined to get into details and said simply "it's not an issue". Nunberg was sacked from the Trump campaign in 2015 after racist Facebook posts were uncovered on his personal account.
    This week, Republicans repeatedly broke with Trump

    This week, Republicans repeatedly broke with Trump

    The president's involvement is considered key in getting any gun legislation passed in Congress. But they want to know exactly what he supports.