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Although the PRC Constitution nominally functions as the country's foundational legal text, the relative ease with which it is revised to reflect changing political priorities-and the inability of China's Supreme People's Court to exercise proper judicial review-means that, in practice, revisions can be also understood as declarative statements of political authority and intent.

However, some mainstream Chinese papers chose only to mention the term limits in passing in editorials lauding the constitutional amendments, including the party's official People's Daily, which simply noted on its front page the "perfecting of the term system for the president".

Wu Lebao, a Chinese undergraduate student at Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra who fled China in 2013 to seek asylum after being jailed for supporting the Arab Spring, told Quartz that he put up 10 posters at ANU last week in protest of Xi. "But from America's perspective, this administration has been very clear of pushing back against the Chinese threat".

China's Xi Jinping yesterday secured a path to rule indefinitely as parliament abolished presidential term limits, handing him nearly total authority to pursue a vision of transforming the nation into an economic and military superpower.

Shen told reporters that the party's 90-year history has led to a system of orderly succession to "maintain the vitality and long-term stability of the party and the people".

While social media accounts of major state media outlets either disabled their comment section or only made visible comments praising the party, some words of dissent did manage to make it past the censors. He serves simultaneously as the head of state, leader of the ruling Communist Party and commander of the powerful 1 million-member armed forces.

The expression that China will "adhere to the peaceful development path and the mutually beneficial strategy of opening-up" was added to the preamble. "Throughout history, only Chinese emperors and Mao Zedong had lifelong tenure until their deaths".

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"If the constitution of one nation can be amended by the most powerful person according to his or her will, the constitution is not a real constitution", said He Weifang, a law professor at Peking University.

He dismissed the removal of term limits, for both president and vice-president, as a mere housekeeping item, aimed at "optimizing the leading structure of the country".

[Google Translation]The constitution was also amended to recognize the new political philosophy of "Xi Jinping Thought".

The Parliament, the National People's Congress, overwhelmingly passed the constitutional changes on Sunday, as widely expected.

On Sunday inside Beijing's Great Hall of the People, according to CNN, voting among the National People's Congress' almost 3,000 hand-picked delegates began mid-afternoon as Mr. Xi led members of the Communist Party's seven-member, all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee in casting votes.

"That doesn't bode well for hard reforms ahead: Will the CCP be able to raise the retirement age? Enact a property tax?" she continued. The community of common destiny is also tightly linked with the Belt and Road Initiative, Xi's premier worldwide initiative. Xi will practically be able to implement any policy he wants. Liu was a puppet President and fell out of favour during Mao's Cultural Revolution.

Asked by a foreign journalist whether China risks returning to one-man rule and the savage turbulence of the Mao Zedong era, Mr. Shen described "two rounds of applause" by the hand-picked delegates to China's rubber-stamp parliament during an explanation of the constitutional change.


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