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Beijing official urges efforts for Xi's 'Chinese Dream'

08 March 2018

US President Donald Trump (L) gestures next to China's President Xi Jinping during a business leaders event at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017.

The proposal is to remove the expression that the President and Vice-President "shall serve no more than two consecutive terms" from Article 79 of the country's Constitution.

Zhang Yesui, spokesman of China's Parliament, the National People's Congress (NPC), said China does not want a trade war with the USA but would take necessary measures if America's move impacts its economic interests.

On Sunday, the NPC spokesman, Mr. Zhang, told journalists that the removal of the term limit, contrary to reports in some quarters that the change will lead to imminent autocracy, is only aimed at bringing the office of the president in line with Xi's other positions atop the party and the Central Military Commission, which do not impose term limits. The CMC is the overall high command of the 2.3 million strong Chinese military.

Some were critical of the move to do away with presidential term limits.

"It is conducive to upholding the authority of the Central Committee of the party with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core".

"China's defence budget is neither the largest in size - it accounts for just one-fourth of the military spending of the United States - nor does it have the fastest growth rate", the English-language newspaper said. Real power lies in his other titles, General Secretary of the Party and Head of the Armed Forces.

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The NPC is elected for a term of five years. Their loyalty is to the party first, the NPC second. The limits have been in place since 1982. However, watch for signs of political fallout from this decision over the next year and possibly more anti-corruption purges.

"China does not want a trade war with the United States, but if it takes actions to hurt China's interests, China will not sit by idly and will take necessary measures", Zhang Yesui, a spokesperson for China's National People's Congress, said.

"The Constitution can only ensure its lasting vitality by constantly adapting to new situations, drawing on new experiences, confirming new achievements and setting down new norms", he said.

Officials say China needs continuity as Beijing carries out long-range changes including making state industry more competitive and productive and developing profitable high-tech industry.

He also said that the team tasked with amending the constitution had sought opinions from a wide range of groups - from officials and party elders to non-party members and academics - since November.

"The centralised and unified leadership [at the very top] of the party. has been adhered to throughout the whole process of the constitutional amendment to ensure [it is heading] in the correct political direction", he said.

Beijing official urges efforts for Xi's 'Chinese Dream'