Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
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Trump praises Chinese President's power grab

Trump praises Chinese President's power grab

"It is conducive to upholding the authority of the Central Committee of the party with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core and also to unified leadership", Zhang said.

The Communist Party of China's (CPC) Central Committee has proposed to remove the two-term limit for the post of president and vice president through a constitutional amendment. In this way, there is continuity. Trump said the hefty tariffs aim to protect domestic industry as well as to counter persistent threats posed by Chinese products.

The new set of appointments of four Vice-Premiers is expected during the upcoming March 5 meeting of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's Parliament.

The comments came in response to US President Donald Trump's announcement of plans to impose a 25% import tax on steel and 10% on aluminum - a move which China's Ministry of Commerce described as seriously damaging to the mechanisms of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Officials from Australia, Canada and other United States trade partners also made retaliatory threats.

Kerry Brown, director of the Lau China Institute at King's College London, said Wang's claim that the proposal had overwhelming support could be a veneer.

Term limits were introduced in the drafting of China's modern constitution in 1982 in hopes of avoiding another dictatorship such as that exercised by Communist China's founder, Mao Zedong, until his death in 1976. That has left little doubt over what official line the roughly 3,000 delegates gathered in the Chinese capital are to follow.

The POTUS was alluding to President Xi Jinping's latest power grab. "It reflects the will of the people". "It's the difference between heaven and earth compared to the endless debates for their own political interests between certain ruling and opposition parties in the West", it wrote, without saying which foreign reporters had offered praise.

Speaking at the event, hosted at the president's Mar-a-Lago estate, Trump waxed lyrical about ending the current two-term cutoff and allowing president's to hold the position for life following news his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, had secured the elusive power for himself.

Trump made the comments in a speech that was, according to CNN, filled with jokes and told in a lighthearted manner. When asked why, she replied, "He does good things for the people and makes the country prosperous and strong".

The Constitution is the fundamental legal document that ensures that even though China undergoes all sorts of difficulties, it will continue to advance along the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics, and realise national rejuvenation. Over the course of his presidency, Trump has expressed admiration for a slew of authoritarians, from Russian President Vladimir Putin to President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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