China sets stage for President Xi Jinping to stay in office with proposal to end term limits


BEIJING — China’s official news agency says the ruling Communist Party has proposed removing a limit of two consecutive terms for the country’s president and vice president.

The Xinhua News Agency said in a brief report Sunday that the party’s Central Committee proposed to remove from the constitution the expression that China’s president and vice president “shall serve no more than two consecutive terms.” It provided no further details.

The move, if approved, appears to lay the groundwork for party leader Xi Jinping to rule as president beyond 2023.

Image: Chinese President Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Diaoyutai State Guest House in Beijing, China, 01 February 2018.