Normally Chinese leaders are allowed to serve two terms max (with each term being 5 years).
But now that is in doubt after China put Xi Jinping’s name in their Constitution (which is odd if you ask me).
“The amendment of the party constitution effectively confirms Xi Jinping’s aspiration to be the Mao Zedong of the 21st Century — that means a top leader with no constraints on tenure or retirement age,” said Willy Wo-Lap Lam, a political expert at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
“The fact that he has become the new helmsman of the ship of state, providing guiding principles for party, state and military, provides the perfect justification for him to stay number one well beyond the normal 10 years[.]” (Washington Post)
Unlike his predecessor, Jinping is more hostile to internal criticism, religious liberty (especially amongst Christians & Muslims), freedom of the press & the idea of an open Internet.
This will likely result in the oppression of anyone seen as opposition as well as an attempt by China to challenge America as a global power.
Xi Jinping now joins Donald Trump, Rodrigo Duterte, & Vladimir Putin as powerful leaders embracing nationalism, a viewpoint that led to the deaths of tens of millions in WorldWarTwo.