China Defends Scrapping Presidential Term Limit

China Defends Scrapping Presidential Term Limit

US President Donald Trump has again invoked wrath online after reports that he praised the Chinese ruling party's move to repeal presidential term limits.

"He's now president for life".

Zhang sought to strike a reassuring tone in remarks at a news conference on the eve of the opening of the National People's Congress' annual two-week session. It is conducive to uphold the authority of the Central Committee of the party with Xi Jinping at the core and also unified leadership.

"China's defence budget is neither the largest in size - it accounts for just one-fourth of the military spending of the United States - nor does it have the fastest growth rate", the English-language newspaper said. With Xi calling for growth that emphasizes quality over quantity, environmental protection and other factors will likely be given consideration.

FILE PHOTO: Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) raise a Chinese national flag during the military parade to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the army at Zhurihe military training base in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China, July 30, 2017. "So for the Constitution, it follows the same practice regarding the term of the President".

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"Most of the modern countries in the world adopt this two-term presidency".

Xi heralded the dawn of China's "new era" at the party congress in October, saying it would see the nation pursue its great "rejuvenation" and move closer to the global centre stage. According to humanitarian watchdog group Human Rights Watch, his leadership has been notably brutal: "Under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, who will remain in power until 2022 and possibly beyond, the outlook for fundamental human rights, including freedoms of expression, assembly, association and religion, remains dire".

The Constitution is the fundamental legal document that ensures that even though China undergoes all sorts of difficulties, it will continue to advance along the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics, and realise national rejuvenation. He can't let that happen.

Mr Trump said Mr Xi had treated him "tremendously well" during his visit in November. When asked about the White House's reaction to the term limit issue in China, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday said it's "a decision for China to make about what's best for their country".

Isaac Stone Fish, senior fellow at the Asia Society and an expert on Chinese politics, said, "This is a very big deal for the Chinese people".

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President Trump also briefly addressed Jinping's new attempted power grab at his Mar-a-Lago residence Saturday afternoon.

"He's now president for life". President for life, and he's great, and look, he was able to do that. I think it's great. "Maybe we'll have to give that a shot some day".

The comments were made as the recently announced intention of the USA to impose tariffs has heightened global concerns over potential trade confrontations, particularly those between the world's two largest economies.

U.S. President Donald Trump has proposed the largest military budget since 2011, focused on beefing up the United States' nuclear defences and countering the growing strength of China and Russian Federation.

"George Washington would roll over in his grave", he wrote. In the U.S., a president can serve for a maximum of two four-year terms.

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