Xi Jinping opposed his eternal rule
Chairman of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping opposes the country's lifelong rule. This writes on Monday, April 16, The Financial Times.
According to the newspaper, in his last meetings with foreign and Chinese officials, Xi Jinping expressed his attitude to the indefinite stay in office as head of state. Two interlocutors told the newspaper that he was extremely surprised when such a question was raised. "The chairman said that he personally opposes, and the world has misinterpreted the [constitutional] amendment," one source said.
At the same time, during the meetings, the Chinese leader did not indicate whether he intended to remain for three or more terms at his post, as general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party or as chairman of the Central Military Council of the PRC.
In March, China approved the changes in the country's constitution. Deputies at the session of the National People's Congress (NPC) - the highest legislative body - among other things, approved the lifting of the restrictions on holding the post of chairman of the PRC and his deputy. Prior to this, these posts could not have been occupied for more than two consecutive terms.
In November last year, Xi Jinping was re-elected secretary general of the Communist Party Central Committee. The Charter of the CCP does not provide for restrictions on the employment of a higher party post.
The limit on the leadership of the country was introduced by the constitution of 1982 to avoid the repetition of the situation with the long-standing rule of Mao Zedong, which ended only with his death.