China completes military personnel reduction by 300000 soldiers

Xi Jinping

The Communist Party of China kicked off its annual National Congress that decides the state's agenda with this year's session primarily created to revamp the party constitution to lift limits on presidential terms, enabling President Xi Jinping to hold onto power indefinitely and entrench the single party's hold over the world's second largest economy.

Since there is no term limit on his other titles - head of the party and central military commission - Xi will be able to wield as much power as Mao by holding sway over the party, administration and military without any time restrictions.

In January, the Department of Defense published a summary of the 2018 National Defense Strategy, which singled out China and Russian Federation as revanchist powers that are the "central challenge to USA prosperity and security".

Though China doesn't wish to be seen as a Russian ally, there is a renewed sense of big-power competition, Yue said. "I support the constitution change", Zhou Feng, a delegate from Shanghai, said.

While this isn't the kind of event where there are tacky souvenirs celebrating Xi's life for sale, the official admiration of the president has been in overdrive in the run-up to the parliamentary session.

Well-educated urbanites took to social media to express their thinly veiled disaffection, but their sarcastic posts were swiftly met with blanket censorship.

The move "benefits protecting the authority of the party center and collective leadership with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core, and benefits the strengthening and perfecting of the national leadership system", he added, without elaborating. "There's a lot of questions on the minds of countries in the region of what exactly does this mean?" Special supervision and corruption prevention in the area of poverty alleviation will be carried out, said Li.

"Xi capitalised on a public sentiment that China, certainly compared with other countries, is on an upward momentum and that the momentum should not be stopped due to bureaucratic constraints".

This being the first session of the 13th NPC that was elected between last October and last month, the report spanned the five years of the previous Parliament from 2013.

The state constitution will therefore also mimic the party constitution in regard to the presidency, Zhang told a news conference.

Wang's reading of the term limits proposal prompted a bout of sustained applause from the delegates in the Great Hall of the People. The Chinese military must bear in mind the national security strategy in the new era, fulfill its new missions and tasks, and provide strategic support for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

"The centralised and unified leadership [at the very top] of the party. has been adhered to throughout the whole process of the constitutional amendment to ensure [it is heading] in the correct political direction", he said.

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