President for life in China

China has made an interesting, yet very controversial decision to make their president president for life. The current president Xi Jinping will stay in office until he dies. This comes after Chinese lawmakers decided to abolish term limits. This decision worries many in and out of China because term limits had been installed in 1982 after the long and bloody dictatorship of Mao Zedong. Term limits helped prevent this from ever happening again. Now, with term limits gone nothing is stopping an atrocity like the one Mao Zedong committed from potentially happening again.

“This marks the biggest regression in China’s legal system since the reform and opening-up era of the 1980s,” independent Beijing-based political commentator Zhang Lifan told The Associated Press. “I’m afraid that this will all be written into our history in the future.”

Zhang Lifan is not the only person that is worried about the potential regression that this could cause China and it’s always changing society. However, since taking office more than five years ago, Mr. Xi, the son of one of the CCP’s founding fathers, has managed a radical shake-up of the party and spearheaded an anti-corruption campaign that has taken down top leaders once thought untouchable.

The world will be watching China in the coming months and years to see how this transition of power turns out. Will it go smoothly or is the world watching the next regime take unimaginable power from the people and giving it all one power hungry man? This is uncertain and only time will tell.

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