Donald Trump praises Xi Jinping for his grip on power in China

Donald Trump praises Xi Jinping for his grip on power in China

Chinese President Xi Jinping will continue his presidential term indefinitely "for life" after the Communist Party of China announced on Sunday the revolutionary change in their system of governance.

China's ruling Communist Party last month proposed removing a two-term limit on presidential terms, a suggestion nearly sure to be adopted by the country's rubberstamp parliament during its annual session starting March 5. In the USA, a president can serve for a maximum of two four-year terms.

"During the party's seventh plenum and 19th congress [in October], such calls were also loud among delegates who attended those meetings", he added. But the president is the only one with a formal limit of two terms - introduced by late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping in 1982 to prevent another lifelong dictatorship after Mao Zedong's tumultuous rule. "President for life. And he's great", Trump told Republican backers gathered Saturday at the president's Mar-a-Lago estate, CNN said, citing a recording of his remarks.

Amending the Constitution is a big event in the country's political life and a major legislative activity with wide ranging implications, he said.

But observers were not convinced.

Beijing said that it does not want a trade war with the U.S., but will refuse to sit idly by as Washington measures hurt its economy.

The largely rubber-stamp parliament, known as the National People's Congress, is stacked with those who follow the word of the central leadership to the letter.

Criticism of the move, and the process by which it was arrived at, have been posted on social media, sparking swift action to remove them by government censors.

"Resolutely safeguard General Secretary Xi Jinping's core status and the authority of the party's central committee and its centralised and unified leadership", Li said in a speech to almost 3,000 delegates to the ceremonial legislature in the Great Hall of the People.

"One can not please everyone but Xi would not have pursued the changes had he not sensed that the mainstream of the party, and by extension the majority of Chinese, is genuinely behind him", he said.

In recent years, China has built artificial islands in the South China Sea, militarizing them with airstrips, ports, hangars and other military-related infrastructure. It is expected to elect Chinese president, vice-president and premier, form the new government as well as vote on amendments to the country's constitution. He is also a political adviser.

Wang said the move to end the term limits was necessary given that China had entered "a new era", with new requirements for the country's development.

He went on to make light of the high staff turnover within his administration and even joked that first lady Melania might be next out the door. "This will be beneficial to strengthening and completing the state leadership system".

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