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Linda Grimm

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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.

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