China's presidential term limit: Opinion

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

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.


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.