American Democracy in KO: China Lifted Limit on Xi Jinping Presidency
While the US was spreading human rights on the eastern coast of the Atlantic - in northern Africa, Syria, and Ukraine - the Pacific piled a big nail in the coffin of American democracy. The Chinese Parliament, the National People's Congress (NPC), approved the decision of the Communist Party to lift restrictions for the term of office of the head of state.
Chairman Xi Jinping, whose terms of office were due to expire in 2023, will be able to reign until the end of life. The barrier in two five-year terms was included in the constitution under reformer Deng Xiaoping in the 1990s to prevent the unlimited government, as was the case with the founder of Chinese communism, Mao Zedong. The initiative to remove the C restrictions was supported by 2,964 delegates to the NPC, two opposed, two abstained.
The story with the perpetuation of Xi Jinping's leadership aroused increased interest at the October congress of the CPC, in which, contrary to the established tradition, the country's leader did not name his successor. At the same time, party members introduced the theses of C's three-hour speech to the statute, placing him on a par with Mao and Deng Xiaoping. Now "Xi Jinping's Thoughts" are also included in the constitution of the country.
It is worth noting that world leaders, accustomed to criticizing the African and Middle Eastern "dictatorships," were very reserved about political reforms in China. Although Donald Trump, who attacks Bashar Assad in Syria and Kim Jong-un in the DPRK, rather flattered about the C initiative, calling it "remarkable." However, we must understand that Trump is an unsystematic leader and does not express the position of the establishment, which is not interested in consolidating of power in such a strong country as China.
Obviously, Washington is alarmed by the buildup of the geopolitical power of Beijing, which along with Moscow was ranked among the revisionist powers by the US National Security Council. China challenges the US not only in Eurasia, building artificial islands in the South China Sea and drawing Europe and Central Asia into the Silk Road, but also beyond. Rex Tillerson, who recently visited Ethiopia, complained about the threat of growing Chinese loans for the sovereignty of African countries.
The British media have already begun to create fears in the information field.
'This could destroy China': parliament sets Xi Jinping up to rule for life
- writes the Guardian.
Over time, we will see how China's Leader will manage to cope with economic challenges, including a decline in the working population. In any case, he proved the viability of a one-party model, which can become a "new choice" for developing countries. And this is a direct threat to Western democracy. China's political approach, which has gained sympathy in Africa, Latin America and Asia, is becoming a powerful foundation for the advancement of Chinese investments in those regions that the US and the EU saw as their own. Therefore, a strong China with a strong leader, despite Trump's jokes, is not in the interests of NATO.