Opposing views in China on removal of term limit

Domestically, observers say the move to scrap the term limit serves to further consolidate Mr Xi Jinping’s power and clout, leaving no doubt that he is firmly in charge.
Domestically, observers say the move to scrap the term limit serves to further consolidate Mr Xi Jinping’s power and clout, leaving no doubt that he is firmly in charge.PHOTO: REUTERS
Posters of Chinese President Xi with his sayings at a market in Beijing. To counter online criticism, Web portals of state-linked outlets put out articles saying the masses support the change to the Constitution.
Posters of Chinese President Xi with his sayings at a market in Beijing. To counter online criticism, Web portals of state-linked outlets put out articles saying the masses support the change to the Constitution.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESS

State media endorses move, but social media shows netizens' views on the issue are divided

The contrast in response from state and social media to Sunday's announcement that China would repeal the two-term limit for the country's presidency was striking.

The China Daily yesterday elected to run the official Xinhua report, which relegated the term-limit change to near the end of a list of 11 proposed changes to be passed by China's Parliament next month.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 27, 2018, with the headline 'Opposing views in China on removal of term limit'. Print Edition | Subscribe