For Xi Jinping to retain authority and power beyond the end of his current term, he needs to be re-elected at the 20th National People’s Congress, expected to be held in late 2022, when he will be 69, just over the unwritten limit of 68. Illustration: Craig Stephens

Why now? The rationale behind Xi Jinping’s power consolidation

Lawrence J. Lau says the removal of the term limits on the office of China’s president would seem to signal Xi Jinping’s resolve to continue his anti-corruption campaign and economic reform agenda, while pre-empting any challenge to his power

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For Xi Jinping to retain authority and power beyond the end of his current term, he needs to be re-elected at the 20th National People’s Congress, expected to be held in late 2022, when he will be 69, just over the unwritten limit of 68. Illustration: Craig Stephens
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