Plan for China’s Xi to stay in power indefinitely sparks criticism


BEIJING — China’s plan for President Xi Jinping to remain in office indefinitely saw censors block online searches for “two-term limit” and triggered comparisons to North Korea’s ruling dynasty.

Such criticism on social media quickly sparked a concerted propaganda push by Monday.

The ruling Communist 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,” the Xinhua News Agency reported Sunday.

That means the 64-year-old Xi, who also heads the party and the military, might never have to retire.

Term limits on officeholders have been in place since they were included in the 1982 constitution, when lifetime tenure was abolished.

Image: Xi Jinping souvenirs

Souvenir necklaces featuring portraits of Chinese President Xi Jinping are displayed for sale in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on Monday.