Trump praises China's Xi for extending presidency for life
- Author: Santos West Mar 08, 2018,
Mar 08, 2018, 1:15
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". In this way, there is continuity.
Fitting China's reality and fine traditional culture, it is "a great contribution to political civilization of humanity", he said.
China's National People's Congress began Monday with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's (李克強) work report, which lauded the country's economic achievements in his general review of the progress over the past five years.
Democrat Representative Ro Khanna, commented about Trump's statements on Twitter, saying, "W$3 hether this was a joke or not, talking about being President for life like Xi Jinping is the most unAmerican sentiment expressed by an American President..." Still, the Trump administration has branded China a "revisionist" power and describes the country's efforts to alter global norms as a threat to USA security. "We have our own history and own systems and institutions", he told Reuters ahead of the session beginning. I like chaos. It really is good.
A large part of the increased spending is for upgrading equipment, supporting military reforms and improving the welfare and training conditions of servicemen and women, Chen said.
China's President Xi Jinping may obtain an alarming amount of authority if he succeeds in abolishing presidential term limits, put in place in 1982 to prevent another Mao Zedong.
China's Communist Party declared the abolition of the the two-term limit for the presidency on February 25, and parliament, which meets again today, March 5, is believed to be prepared to ratify this.
"He's now president for life". An amendment to the US Constitution approved in 1951 limits presidents to two terms in office. "It reflects the will of the people".
The annual Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, headed by Yu since 2013, is mostly ceremonial but created to present an image of a diverse, big-tent advisory body that includes non-Communist Party members, minority ethnic groups, business leaders, religious groups, artists, and representatives from Hong Kong and Macau all taking part in China's governance. "It's the difference between heaven and earth compared to the endless debates for their own political interests between certain ruling and opposition parties in the West", it wrote, without saying which foreign reporters had offered praise.
It was not clear whether the comment was made in jest.
Instead he referred to the party constitution, which has no term limits for who heads the party and heads the military, positions Xi also holds and which are considered more senior in the country's hierarchy than the presidency.