Meet Xi Jinping, President For Life

in china •  2 years ago 

by James Corbett
March 25, 2018

As you might have heard by now, Chinese President Xi Jinping has just appointed himself God Emperor For Life. Or, in Chinese Communist Party-ese: "The term of office of the State Council is the same as that of the National People’s Congress."

For those keeping track at home, that's the clause in the Chinese constitution that used to read: "The term of office of the President and Vice-President of the People's Republic of China is the same as that of the National People's Congress, and they shall serve no more than two consecutive terms." But the rubber-stamp congress just passed a constitutional amendment dropping that term limit, so, unlike his predecessors, Xi Jinping will be able to continue on as President after his second five-year term expires in 2023.

Or, in other words: Meet Xi Jinping, President For Life!

Now, no one can say this was entirely unexpected. In fact, I raised the specter of Xi staying on after his second term in my editorial about last year's National Congress. But the fact that it happened so quickly, and with so little preparation of the public, seems to have caught everyone off guard.

So what does this move really mean? As you might have expected, the answer is "a lot," but not at all in the way you think. Allow me to explain.

You see, when it comes to actual political power in China, "President" is probably Xi's least important title. Well, OK, you could argue that "Paramount Leader"—being a made-up title that corresponds to no actual office— is the least important, depending on how you look at it. But whatever way you slice it, Xi's position as "General Secretary of the Communist Party in China" and "Chairman of the Central Military Commission" are where his real political clout come from, and even if he had stepped down as president in 2023 he would still be the effective leader of the country if he retained those two titles.

Confused? Welcome to the wacky world of the People's Republic of China! Here, maybe this will help:

Or maybe not.

In a nutshell, the Chinese presidency is a largely ceremonial office that grants very limited powers to its bearer. As the bastion of truthiness notes: "theoretically, the President serves at the pleasure of the National People's Congress, the legislature, and is not legally vested to take executive action on its [sic] own prerogative." In one-party China, "General Secretary of the Communist Party" is a much more important position, bringing with it a standing position on the ruling Politburo and directorship of the party's Secretariat. And, as you might guess from the title, the "Chairman of the Central Military Commission" (CCMC) is the commander of the world's largest (by size, not funding) military forces.

It is not constitutionally mandated that all three of these titles—President, General Secretary, and CCMC—be held by the same person. Jiang Zemin retained the CCMC position when he stepped down as president in 2002, and it wasn't until he relinquished that position two years later that his successor, Hu Jintao, became the formal head of the Chinese military. And before Jiang there was Deng Xiaoping, who ruled the country under the made up "Paramount Leader" title without having been President or General Secretary (and who continued to wield enormous political power even after his formal retirement in 1989).

In short: Game of Thrones: China Edition is more of a make-it-up-as-you-go-along affair than a formal, institutionalized system of rules and procedures.

So Xi has left his mark by essentially claiming the President For Life title, or at least removing the constitutional restrictions on remaining in that office for as long as he wants (or as long as he maintains control over the party's squabbling power factions). But why? If the "President" title is more ceremonial than an actual indicator of political power, why would he go out of his way to ram a (deeply unpopular) constitutional amendment through China's rubber-stamp congress in order to retain that position?

The answer lies not in China's domestic political system or the Communist Party's internal power politics, but in China's changing role as a rising economic and geopolitical power. Even a decade ago, the question of which Chinese face sat at the table during presidential summits and other international meetings was, on the whole, not a terribly important one. But now that China is a global(ist) player at the big boy table, the presidential title is increasingly important for Xi and his global(ist) ambitions. As President, Xi gets to make keynote addresses to the globalist gaggle at Davos (a PR coup so important that the ChiCom media still gloats about it!) and convene summits with world (mis)leaders to discuss his trillion-dollar Belt and Road project.

In the 21st century, China's world-facing "President" is suddenly an important figure, and that's why Xi has no intention of giving up the title any time soon.

So we have President For Life (or until he gets dethroned) Xi. We have Vice-President for Life Wang Qishan being an old childhood friend of Xi's. We have Yang Xiadou, Xi's trusted aid, appointed to head the new Xi Enforcement Guard "anti-corruption" agency. And we have Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era (which, it should be noted, is every bit as ridiculous as it sounds) being formally enshrined in the Chinese constitution. You've heard it before, but it's worth repeating: no Chinese (mis)leader since Mao has held as much political power as Xi. So the real question is what is he going to do with that power?

Well, so far Xi has ramped up China's crackdown on online dissent (which recently included banning the letter "N" from the Chinese internet).

He has overseen the construction of the most pervasive and Orwellian police state system yet seen, from the Uighur surveillance state in Xinjiang to the world's largest facial recognition database (and the facial-recognition glasses-wearing police officers to go along with it).

He has stewarded China's entry into the IMF's SDR basket, furthering the People's Bank of China's Governor's campaign to use the globalist asset as the new world reserve currency.

He has guided China's attempts to conform to "international standards" like spying on its allies, constructing foreign military bases, and using military threats in geopolitical spats.

Oh yeah, and he's been throwing around foreign reserve debt-based funny money on development projects in countries that are willing to play ball with Chinese businesses, so I guess it's all for the good! (<-Sarcasm)

Let's just say I'm not holding my breath for China to swoop in and save us from the New World Order agenda anytime soon.

For those just catching up on the story, I suggest (as always) my previous reporting on this subject, including "China and the New World Order," "Phoney Opposition: The Truth About the BRICS," and "The Great Decoupling: How the West is Engineering its Own Downfall."

In the meantime, you better get used to hearing about President Xi, because that moniker is not likely to go away anytime soon.

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Yes, China is even more corrupt than the US.
Worse both for its citizens and for the outside world.
These are some ancient news.
Will you acknowledge that Putin is as bad or worse?

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Wow Henry Kissinger got to meet Xi? Kissinger was a foreign relations master

Been living in China since 2008.

As per both World History and Chinese History itself, the removal of term limits will prove an utter disaster for the Chinese nation.

It saddens me to see this, as I love this country and have made it my home for the past decade. But as a true student of Chinese history and culture, the writing is on the wall.

The effects may not be so dramatic in the short term, but in the medium and longer term, this decision will rear its devastating effects.


Historical Tidbit:

The English term brainwash comes from Mandarin, 洗脑 (xí nǎo) . It originates from the Korean war. Not sure if there's a similar word in Japanese.

James you always knock it out of the park with your reporting.
What I don't understand is why the globalist are not attacking you? Everyone else that tries to go where you go so often are either jailed, mocked into hiding or killed.
How do you suppose that you have all the factual scoops and nothing ever happens to you?

Has youtube tried to censor you at all?
Has some of the censors on steemit censored you?
I don't understand what it is that makes you so invincible?
I am baffled because I have never in my life ever heard such truthful, knowledgeable, insightful reporting. How do you do it?

Lol a perfect match...
Nicely done.i guess showing him on the iron throne explains everything.

he looks uncomfortable in that chair

Maybe becoz of spikes ...😁

Great insight. I don't know much about Chinese politics but it looks like Xi is taking every power for himself.

There's so much to unpack in this story. One thing that stands out to me is just how fickle the "rule of law" or treasured documents like constitutions or what have you are in the face of the machinations of the state. The powers that shouldn't be would have us all worship these documents as holy & righteous, the very foundations upon which our free society was built. "Why they hold the " government" back from taking over every aspect of our lives I tells ya'!" or whatever point is helpful to their argument at that time. Actions like those of Xi go to highlight what Lysander Spooner warned us about so very long ago. The "rule of law" or constitution is only as valid or effective in chaining down the state as....nothing... it's of no value what so ever. When the state wants to do or take something from the people that a constitution forbids, it's barely a formality to change it to match their whims. Otherwise, they just ignore it altogether & go about their evil business. All those documents are is links in the chain they place around your neck. "The constitution(American, Chinese, insert country name here)... it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist." - Lysander Spooner

  ·  2 years ago (edited)

Rule of law, exists in theory, and perhaps in practice in a limited context.

Rule of the land has always been by rule of man.

Cities, standing armies, and monetary systems, are all designed for social control.

I really don't understand why this news is so important, as far as I know the Chinese leader has always been an authoritarian figure, the head of a totalitarian state. This is how they work, and up to now it has been successful. Mao was chairman until his death, Deng was the paramount leader until he retired and even then was very powerful. So this president for life is nothing new, and I think no problem for Chinese culture.

  ·  2 years ago (edited)

It sets an ominous tone for the future though, which only confirms that Chinese people are completely powerless against their own government.

Add in the fact that, the U.N. has stated in its own charter that China is to be the model nation for all others to emulate, and the future looks quite grim indeed.

Well actually I think most people are powerless against their governments.


Chairman Mao, said something like, he who holds the gun, holds power.

Most governments have vastly superior weaponry than their subjects.

  ·  2 years ago (edited)

Who is with him in the picture above? Is china not part of the New World order already.

Henry Kissinger, US secretary of state during much of the cold war...

  ·  2 years ago (edited)

It has been more than three generations passed since Communist Party of China won the mainland in 1949. There is no opposition to stand it. Mao Ze Dong committed so many atrocities towards Chinese people. People spy on people to keep people in line with the Communist Party. With all monitoring and surveillance technology and tools one have in the 21 Century, it is very difficult to escape where one has ran out of nation to escape to. You may build yourself an empire and amass a fortune, but it can be taken away in a snap if you express any dissenting opinion about the Communist Party, its 'Dear Leader,' or its five year plan. The world is becoming a darker place, and hopefully people wake up & band together to fight this kind of oppression.

Great a great related news content.
Really i liked it and writing about President life its nice to see this content.

Thanks for sharing news
I appreciate your news
I like it Post

Great update news..
Thanks for sharing...

He shall now be addressed as, Supreme Lord Commander of the One Belt One Road World Order...thank you

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"Why Russia puppeted Hungary" -

He can not be too dumb to have two titles to his name. I would not want to be in his shoes for sure.

Goodness me, Henry seems to be looking younger these days, don't you think? This makes me wonder if the 'top dogs' have been using secret (alien?) technology as an incentive for joining Mr. Global's team: Play the game and you can use our live forever technology. Don't play the game and lose everything.

Didn't even know he had forced it through. Thanks James, you're like a net for the important news that the msm ignores.

First thing that we should do is cut ties with CHINA 🇨🇳 and only support democracies that treat their workers well . And start a new industrial revolution . Great read , thanks 🙏

Well with only 1 party the focus of xi will not be on winning the next election and spending money the money and time will then go to improve china

Well, that moniker may go away sooner than people think. Bottom line China has become a threat to the world and the big players who keep playing along are just repeating the mistakes of the pre-WWII era.
About the moniker, Hugo Chavez changed the constitution so that he could perpetuate himself in office. The reaper had other plans. He even got a postmortem title (eternal commander) and yet, his successor is making sure that image goes to hell. Nobody talks about him in terms other than disgust.