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Xi Jinping's 3rd term may hit China's global ambitions

A Chinese and Australian flag on a conference table Xi Jinping's 3rd term may hit China's global ambitions
Bennie Garza | 02 March, 2018, 11:56

Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council said in a statement on Monday that constitutional amendments were China's "internal affairs" and that it would not "jump to a conclusion" about potential implications for Taiwan.

The Kim dynasty has ruled North Korea since the late 1940s. "I walked out of there thinking, 'Something has changed with the elite, '" he recalled.

"For the United States, the idea of an absolute dictator running the most powerful peer competitor nation-state-and soon to be the most powerful economy - with a single-minded obsession to "Make China Great Again" who is going to be around for another 10 to 15 years must give us pause", former State Department official and China expert John Tkacik told the Washington Free Beacon.

It is rare, however, for so many people to receive warnings against speaking on one specific issue, said Amnesty International researcher William Nee.

"But we don't really know what he wants to use it for", said Kerry Brown, the director of the Lau China Institute at King's College London.

The changes are so sweeping they might be seen as a turning point, Gilholm said, with Xi "remaking the party-state with himself at the center". But China is not alone. The two sides will have a chance to discuss the matter when China's top economic strategist, Liu He, visits Washington this week.

"The military is gone, the press is gone, the intellectuals are gone, civil society is gone, and now the businessmen are gone", said Schell, who arranged the dinner for Bannon and has deep ties to China. "And if we sneeze, you also get sick".

A senior US official said there was skepticism on the USA side that a trade breakthrough could be achieved any time soon.

Xi's power grab is being reflected against perceived tribulations of Western democracy.

Xi's concentration of power could also face opposition within the party, which has seen a relentless crackdown on corruption that has punished more than a million officials. As China's strongman leading the "great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation", Xi can not afford to be seen as weak or making concessions to hostile foreigners, especially not to the Americans and certainly not publicly.

After the election of Donald Trump in the US, China tried to step into the vacuum created by his rapid withdrawal from global trade pacts and environmental agreements. The system of intergenerational appointment is completely abandoned as Xi announced no heir-apparent during the 19th Party Congress a year ago and arrested one of the candidates for corruption and political conspiracy.

Although some China-watchers expressed concern that China could slip back into Mao-style authoritarianism, the government thinks that Xi "staying in power beyond 2023 is a good thing", especially as "relations with the West are hitting new lows every month".

Trump has until April to decide whether to impose tough restrictions on steel and aluminumimports.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told a regular briefing that President Donald Trump supported having term limits in the United States.

Domestic politics, in a year of midterm elections, may drive Trump to take a harder line. That is the existential question that will be posed to China's National People's Congress in the coming days, as it considers indefinitely handing over the country's political reins to President Xi Jinping. Xi's actions will only play into rising fears about China among Americans, who will further conflate China's leadership with that of other authoritarian regimes like Russian Federation and Turkey. In that capacity, it is expected Navarro will help guide President Trump on his trade policy toward Beijing.

It appears likely that Liu will receive a frostier reception than any Chinese official for many years.

It is the 14th letter in the English alphabet and, in Scrabble, the springboard for more than 600 eight-letter words. "Folks are increasingly frustrated and wrestling with how best to deal with it".

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