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Donald Trump praises China's decision to scrap limit on presidency term

Donald Trump praises China's decision to scrap limit on presidency term

CA Yeung, a blogger based in Perth, Australia suggested that "N = infinity"; with Xi Jinping's latest edicts, infinity is how long many see the Chinese leader's rule lasting.

There are 21 items to either be introduced or amended in the constitution, including the removal of set term limits for China's President and Vice President, a move that might extend the presidential tenure of the current General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Xi Jinping, indefinitely. Instead, his trip was overshadowed by President Donald Trump's Thursday announcement of new tariffs on imports.

Though the U.S. leader's comments struck a jocular tone, many on Twitter voiced concern over the prospect of an indefinite Trump presidency. After 1951 US Constitution amendment Presidential term limited to two terms in office. By tradition since the early 1990s, one person has held all three posts at the same time.

"China does not want to fight a trade war with the United States, but we absolutely will not sit by and watch as China's interests are damaged", said Zhang Yesui, the country's vice foreign minister, as reported by Reuters.

Regardless of whether the Trump thought it was a good idea or not, political commentators and business people in China voiced their displeasure on the proposal by the Communist party in the country.

China's ruling Communist Party last month proposed removing a two-term limit on presidential terms, a suggestion nearly sure to be adopted by the country's rubber-stamp parliament during its annual session starting March 5.

Sean Miller Will Not Coach For Arizona vs. Oregon After Damning Report
Unfortunately for Arizona, it wasn't able to get Ayton the ball in the second half as much as in the first. He is averaging 19.9 points and 11.2 rebounds per game in what is expected to be his only college season.


China is predicting a slowdown in growth in 2018. However, it still is high enough that private-sector analysts have questioned whether it can be achieved without setting back reform efforts by pumping up bank lending and government stimulus spending.

The Chinese government on Monday announced an economic growth target of 6.5%. Xi's ambitious "Belt and Road" initiative to link up Asia and Europe by building roads, ports and other infrastructure has raised concerns about Beijing's strategic ambitions and debt burdens for host countries.

Last year military spending was budgeted to increase by just 7 percent, to 1.044 trillion yuan ($164.60 billion) about one-quarter of the proposed United States defence spending for the year. He said the military would "firmly and resolvedly safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests".

During the remarks, Mr Trump praised Mr Xi as "a great gentleman" and added: "He's the most powerful [Chinese] President in a hundred years".

Foreign governments, already wary of China's expanding influence overseas, are closely watching shifts toward greater authoritarianism.

Legislators also are due to endorse the appointment of economic and other officials picked by the party.


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