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 citations are provided. Readers have easy access to material through a detailed, thematic table of contents, and each event includes references to related coverage and documents from the last ten editions of the series. Events covered in the 2018 Edition include: • Historic U.S. and South Korean diplomatic advances with North Korea • Investigation of Russian influence in U.S. elections • Chinese constitutional changes granting presidential terms for life • March for Our Lives and gun control demonstrations • Changes to U.S. immigration and trade policies • Legalization of marijuana in Canada • Resignation of Australian prime minister • Pope declares death penalty inadmissible Volumes in this series dating back to 1972 are available as online editions on SAGE Knowledge.
Part : January
China Adopts Amendment Eliminating Term Limits : March 11 and 12, 2018
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 ...