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From president to dictator

On Sunday, Feb. 25, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) announced that it was proposing the removal or term limits inside of a clause in their constitution made in 1982, which limits presidential terms to two five-year periods.

There are two main authoritative states inside of the Chinese government: The People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The PRC is a state that lies inside of the CCP, which itself is the main authoritative rule in China. The values of both parties appeal to nationalism, patriotism and social stability. The total members of the CCP amount to 6.45 percent of China’s population by the most recent 2016 statistic, which in total is around 82 million people.

President Xi Jinping was elected Chair of the Military Commission, General Secretary of the Communist Party and President of the People’s Republic of China in 2013. He continues to hold office in all these positions today. Both the positions of General Secretary and Chair of the Military do not include term limits, and this most recent proposal will permit full, lifelong rule over all three of these positions after the end of his second term in 2023.

Among recent events in China involving Jinping, one of the most impactful is the “Belt and Road Initiative”, which is a one-trillion-dollar plan to help globalize China’s trade by a massive infrastructure train line spanning more than 60 countries. Additional events include Jinping raising the military budget by eight percent and a heavier focus on domestic security due to greater than expected economic growth.

Along with these new events and proposals, the CCP also instituted an internet-wide censorship on key-words and phrases on China’s Twitter-like website, “Sina Weibo.” The list of these words and phrases includes: “I don’t agree,” “migration,” “emigration,” “re-election,” “election term,” “constitutional amendment,” “constitution rules,” and “proclaiming oneself an emperor.” The name “Winnie the Pooh” is also censored as it’s a nickname Chinese social media users give Jinping.

Many media outlets perceive China’s advancements as a two-in-one globalization movement and internal power-grab. Later reports call for an economic downfall, others an increase and greater connection with world powers such as Russia. Though, one can only guess what honey President Pooh can lunge after next.