‘China and Donald Trump’ Defend Xi’s Consolidation of Power

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive in China | November 8, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive in China | November 8, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

The Chinese legislators are all set to move to abolish presidential term limits that provisions a president to lead the country only for two terms like other modern countries.

The National People’s Congress spokesperson Zhang Yesui has defended the Communist Party move to abolish the presidential term because ‘it would strengthen the country’s governance’.

The legislative body will work on amending the constitution of China to allow President Xi to serve more than two terms in office.

This unprecedented move will turn Xi into a president for life. Many in China compare Xi Jinping with Mao Zedong.

He has appeared to be the most influential and powerful leader of the Communist Party of China after Mao Zedong.

“It’s conducive to upholding the authority of the Central Committee of the party with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core and also to unify leadership. Also, it will help strengthen and improve the country’s governance,” Zhang Yesui said.

The move is almost sure to adopted by the legislative body given the National People’s Congress solely controlled by the Communist Party of China.

The controversial Chinese move has sparked criticism as well. Many in China and in the international community regard this Xi move as a step towards dictatorship.

Peter Jennings, executive director of the non-partisan Australian Strategic Policy Institute think-tank, said this Chinese move to turn Xi into the sole authority of the country “pushes China towards a more authoritarian and militarised leadership. These trends should be deeply concerning to the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.”

Political Commentator Deng Yuwen told Al Jazeera, “How can the China dream be realized if nobody listens to him? He can’t let that happen. That’s why he wants to send this signal: ‘I’ll continue to be the leader and you’d better stop guessing who my successor will be.”

Meanwhile, the U.S. President Donald Trump has praised the Chinese move to eliminate presidential term and allow Xi become a president for life.

CNN quoted President Trump’s remarks in a closed-door gathering, “He’s (President Xi) now president for life. President for life. No, he’s great. And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot someday.”

The U.S. President decried the ‘rigged system’ of the United States that doesn’t allow right people in right place. He bewailed the decision not to investigate Hillary Clinton.

“I’m telling you, it’s a rigged system folks. I’ve been saying that for a long time. It’s a rigged system. And we don’t have the right people in there yet. We have a lot of great people, but certain things, we don’t have the right people,” CNN quoted Donald Trump.

President Trump’s comments, however, sparked criticism in the U.S. Rp Khanna, a Democrat, said, “Whether this was a joke or not, talking about being president for life like Xi Jinping is the most un-American sentiment expressed by an American president. George Washington would roll over in his grave.”

The U.S. playwright Beau Willimon said, “All of you Trumpsters bemoaning liberal “socialists” and championing the founding fathers who freed themselves from monarchic tyranny, Trump is suggesting he’d like to follow the model a communist Chinese autocrat who has made himself president for life.”

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