China's Xi Jinping gains power with merger of anti-corruption bodies

Lester Mason
March 13, 2018

The emphasis on party control represents China's most decisive shift yet from 1980s reforms led by Deng Xiaoping aimed at professionalizing the government after Mao Zedong's disruptive party-led political movements led to starvation and bloodshed.

2,958 out of 2,964 members of China's National People's Congress in Beijing voted in approval of a package of constitutional amendments that included the removal of a restriction limiting the president to two terms only, a system put in place by Deng Xiaoping in 1982 as an attempt to prevent a repeat of the brutal, lifelong dictatorship of Mao Zedong.

The National People's Congress began a third and final reading Tuesday of the draft supervision law described by state media as "aiming at a centralized, unified, authoritative and efficient supervisory network under the (Communist) Party's leadership".

Political power corrupts. All political power should be limited. I am a big supporter of term limits.

The move is widely seen as the culmination of the 64-year-old Xi's efforts since being appointed leader of the party in 2012 to concentrate power in his own hands and defy norms of collective leadership established over the past two decades.

China revolutionary plan gives President Xi Jinping more direct control just over the levers of money and power.

While Xi will maintain his opposition to Taiwan independence, and his promotion of unification as the top priorities in his Taiwan policy, he is expected to exert further pressure on Taiwan, Chang forecast.

Xi said efforts should be made to speed up the establishment of a modern military policy system.

He predicted that Xi will reinforce his strength to pressure Taiwan in the worldwide community on one hand, and introduce more incentives to lure Taiwanese resources and win Taiwanese people's hearts on the other.

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