tirsdag 27. februar 2018

'Dictator for life': Xi Jinping's power grab condemned as step towards tyranny

The news broke at three minutes to four on a chilly winter’s afternoon in a two-sentence bulletin. “The Communist party of China central committee proposed to remove the expression that the president and vice-president of the People’s Republic of China ‘shall serve no more than two consecutive terms’ from the country’s constitution,” Xinhua, China’s official news wire, reported. “The proposal was made public Sunday.”

It was a typically dreary communique from the party-controlled propaganda agency. But to those who have spent their lives battling to decrypt the enigma that is elite Chinese politics, the text’s historic significance was unmissable.