China's Communist Party May Nix Presidential Term Limits

Nick Kangadis | February 26, 2018
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Unchecked power equals dangerous consequences.

The Communist Party in China is calling for the elimination of the country’s presidential term limits. Currently, the president and vice president of China can serve “no more than two consecutive” five-year terms.

China’s Communist Party leader, President Xi Jinping, seems to be following the mold of former Chinese Communist dictator and murderer Mao Tse-tung.

According to the LA Times:

Such an amendment seemed almost inconceivable when the party initially elevated a reserved, adequate bureaucrat to the presidency because leaders thought Xi was someone who could be controlled. Since then, the 64-year-old Xi has rooted out dissent — from human rights lawyers to political rivals — and consolidated power to a degree unseen since Mao.

The news wasn't a complete surprise. Xi declined to name an heir at a twice-a-decade party congress in October, breaking with precedent and leading analysts to speculate that he might seek to extend his tenure.

Conference Board researcher in Beijing and Mao author Jude Blanchette echoed the sentiments that the move could make China devolve back into Mao-era policies.

“This is extraordinary because it represents a real clear and fundamental break with the four-decade-long process of trying to normalize Chinese politics after the chaos of the Cultural Revolution and the Mao era," said Blanchette. "It puts to rest any doubt that Xi designs to stay in office much longer than we originally thought.”

We are just going to have to wait to find out if China is returning to a dark time in the country’s rich history.

H/T: The Blaze