A reliance on the strongman model of leadership poses dangers not only to the Chinese president – but to China itself.
Forget the trade deficit – China’s trust deficit with the West threatens to do far more damage.
Pan-dems ignored the advice of Shih Wing-ching on the 2015 reform package but now with events in Beijing they would be wise to pursue a different course
Alice Wu says that the warning from the only Hongkonger on the NPC Standing Committee should be taken seriously, because the end of term limits for Xi Jinping means Beijing won’t be taking a softer line on Hong Kong any time soon
The latest amendments, of which the controversial removal of presidential term limits was one, show a newly confident nation following its own path.
Now in position to lead his nation indefinitely, the leader could be the most powerful man in Beijing since Mao Zedong, but history suggests titles and power don’t necessarily go hand in hand.
The removal of the term limit on the presidency, enabling Xi Jinping to stay in office indefinitely, will allow him to see through his anti-corruption campaign.
Xi Jinping may have good intentions for removing the rule limiting a president to two terms in office but, in the long run, society won’t be better off by overturning an institution put in place to prevent power abuse.
As Xi Jinping pushes for the abolition of restriction on years in power, the case for strong leadership needs to be balanced against painful lessons of history
China’s move to scrap the presidential term limit cannot be seen purely in black and white terms. Strongman leadership is not reviled in Asia the way it is in the West.