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Published annually since 1972, the Historic Documents series has made primary source research easy by presenting excerpts from documents on the important events of each year for the United States and the World. Each volume pairs original background narratives with well over 100 documents to chronicle the major events of the year, from official reports and surveys to speeches from leaders and opinion makers, to court cases, legislation, testimony, and much more. Historic Documents is renowned for the well-written and informative background, history, and context it provides for each document. Each volume begins with an insightful essay that sets the year’s events in context, and each document or group of documents is preceded by a comprehensive introduction that provides background information on the event. Full-source ...

China Adopts Amendment Eliminating Term Limits : March 11 and 12, 2018
China Adopts Amendment Eliminating Term Limits
Linda Grimm

On February 25, 2018, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China announced several proposed amendments to the Chinese Constitution, including one eliminating presidential term limits. The amendment’s approval—virtually guaranteed by the National People’s Congress (NPC)—provides an opportunity for President Xi Jinping to remain in office after his second term ends in 2023. The Communist Party claimed the amendment would help ensure political stability, but others raised concerns about a perceived power grab by Xi and the potential for an indefinite presidency.

China’s “Three-in-One” System

Chinese presidents have been limited to serving two consecutive five-year terms since 1982, when China’s fourth and current ...

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