Why Abolishing China’s Presidential Term Limits Is Such A Big Deal

NPR Enlarge this image Chinese President Xi Jinping casts his vote for an amendment to China’s constitution that abolishes term limits on the presidency, during a plenary session of the National People’s Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on Sunday. Andy Wong/AP hide caption toggle caption Andy Wong/AP It only took 16 days from the public announcement to last weekend’s legislative vote that erased presidential term limits from the constitution, potentially allowing Xi Jinping to rule China indefinitely. “After it was announced, the move sent tremors through the Communist Party’s intelligentsia,” observes Zhang Xixian, an...

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