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China Faces Rule by Xi for Decades With Repeal of Term Limits

  • Communist Party moves to repeal two-term limit for president
  • Lifts only barrier keeping from Xi from staying past 2023
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Bloomberg’s Tom Mackenzie reports on China’s move to clear the way for Xi Jinping to rule beyond 2023.(Source: Bloomberg)
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China’s Communist Party is set to repeal presidential term limits in a move that would allow Xi Jinping to rule beyond 2023, completing the country’s departure from a political system based on collective leadership.

The party’s Central Committee announced Sunday it was seeking to end a constitutional provision that bars the head of state from serving more than two consecutive terms. That would remove the only formal barrier to Xi, who is also party leader and commander-in-chief of the military, staying in power indefinitely.