Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

After changing China's constitution, Xi calls for military loyalty to it

After changing China's constitution, Xi calls for military loyalty to it

Any politician who thinks he or she should rule, lead or "represent" forever should have his or her political power limited.

China's parliament has voted to amend its constitution to remove the two-term limit for the country's president, effectively allowing president Xi Jinping to remain its leader for life.

The success of the vote to hand Xi lifelong power was never in doubt, with compliant carrying out a rubber-stamp vote to approve the proposal.

There were already signs of Xi's desire to have his term prolonged during the 19th National Congress of the CPC in October past year, according to Chang.

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The Party has repeatedly stressed that it must act in accordance with the Constitution and laws, Shen Chunyao, chairman of the Commission for Legislative Affairs of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, said at a press conference. The amendment puts the presidential role in line with his role as the head of the ruling Communist Party, a position that does not have term limits. The "three" refers to general secretary of the CPC Central Committee. Term limits would make our system more democratic and give more power to the people.

However, the chances of the Chinese military using armed force against Taiwan are slight, thanks to Xi, who Chang described as a determined leader with his own ideas on Taiwan policy.

"Implementing the strategy of military-civilian integration is a prerequisite for building integrated national strategies and strategic capabilities and for realizing the Party's goal of building a strong military in the new era", Xi said.

He predicted that Xi will reinforce his strength to pressure Taiwan in the global community on one hand, and introduce more incentives to lure Taiwanese resources and win Taiwanese people's hearts on the other.

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