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Communist China has 104 billionaires leading the country while Xi Jinping promises to lift millions out of poverty
However, so it has been announced, the National People's Congress of the Communist Party will "recommend" next week that term limits be scuttled as regards the president and vice president, and that sets up Mr. Xi to be president and everything else for life.
China isn't exactly known for being a tolerant nation when it comes to politics.
Chinese leaders have threatened in the past to retaliate if Trump raises trade barriers, but now need to weigh whether to back up those threats with action and risk jeopardizing US market access for smartphones and other exports that matter more to their economy than metals. During the gathering, which wraps up around mid-March, the proposal is widely expected to become China's new reality.
After 40 years of reforms in China, little has been achieved on the political front other than the normalisation and institutionalisation of power transfers at the top, which has been the reformers' greatest legacy. In China itself, Xi has vamped up the military and modernized the economy by investing in technologies of the future such as e-mobility and artificial intelligence. Xi's rise to absolute power, Timesaid, should worry the world.
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He said he was seeking to "mobilize all the sons and daughters of (ethnic Chinese) to work together for the greater national interests and the realization of the Chinese Dream", referring to Xi's nationalist vision of China as the pre-eminent global power. And in so doing, Xi has fractured what remains of global models and understanding of the incentives and functioning of Chinese politics, transformed China into something more unambiguously dictatorial, and opened up a new and potentially risky fissure in Chinese elite politics. All positions are likely Xi approved and blessed off on.
The Guardian claimed that the Chinese leadership is stong but may not be stable.
Some have dug out earlier warnings by Deng Xiaoping and Jiang Zemin about the dangers of lifetime appointments and of predicating the stability of the country and party on the authority of one or two individuals, he said. He knew that working hard, keeping your nose clean and even rising to high rank can not protect you in an essentially lawless one-party state if party politics takes the wrong turn.
There was no plan for Trump himself to meet Liu but officials did not rule it out if progress was being made.
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"Should Liu He become the PBOC chief, China may move towards a super regulator model, which will give the central bank more power to combat financial risk", Tommy Xie, China economist at OCBC Bank in Singapore, said in a note.
In another instance, European officials were deeply alarmed after Chinese police detained and denied consular visits to a naturalized Swedish bookseller in a diplomatic standoff, with Chinese state media editorial deriding his Swedish passport as effectively meaningless.
On February 5, the ruling Chinese Communist Party made the surprise announcement of an amendment to the country's constitutionabolishing term limits for the presidency. And other images, words, and expressions that might be used to criticize Xi are also censored.
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