March 18, 2018

China Briefly Bans Letter 'N' as Part of Move Against Dissent

03 March 2018, 05:30 | Virginia Santiago

The armed forces have pledged their “unwavering support” for the constitutional amendmentReuters

The armed forces have pledged their “unwavering support” for the constitutional amendment

The Chinese Communist Party proposed Sunday to abolish the two-term limit for the Chinese president in a move that the many critics called a push toward greater authoritarianism.

22% of highly personalised dictatorships (those regimes lacking strong parties or a military) collapsed when the leader died - compared to 6% of institutionalised dictatorships.

The US has long criticised China for dumping excess steel into the US at rock bottom prices, heavily subsidising Chinese companies and devaluing the Renminbi to make Chinese products cheaper in the US market and US products dearer in China. "Chairman Mao Zedong made clear that the force at the core leading our cause forward is the CPC and the theoretical basis guiding our thinking is Marxism-Leninism, at the first National People's Congress held in 1954". With Xi at the helm of affairs, this is no longer the case. He began his second term as party boss in October.

Xi also wants to close the gap on weaponry with Russian Federation in a decade and with the United States by 2050 as he is desperately seeking China to move into a power vacuum left in Asia by a seemingly retreating Washington. "There's no real power-sharing", Shirk said. Deng introduced political reforms so as to prevent the kind of concentration of power possible under Mao.

Two, while the office of the presidency is weaker than the posts of party and military chiefs, there is worldwide prestige attached to it.

One line about defence said the party would increase the military's fighting ability, but also did not elaborate.

The memes have provoked Chinese censors to clamp down of the circulation of the cartoon bear on social media apps like WeChat and Sina Weibo.

Comments on posts by state broadcaster CCTV announcing the news were deleted, as were those on the People's Daily newspaper and Xinhua news agency, and searches for key terms were blocked.

After Xi became president, China's strategic footprints in India's neighbourhood are much larger than they were before. While banned, even typing just the letter "N" in a message would result in a "content is illegal!" message appearing on Weibo.

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Where countries stand on the move largely depends on where they sit.

As he's such an experienced politician, Xi is going to keep him on though, the sources said.

Xi's consolidation of power means that China's own foreign policy will likely become more assertive, said Bonnie Glaser, a China expert at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies. Right now, trends are extremely worrying, whether it is in global politics, like in the South China Sea or Doklam or in internal issues, for example, the ever-more sophisticated repression in places like Tibet and Xinjiang, using the latest technological advances such as facial recognition.

The National People's Congress (NPC) is certain to endorse the move next week, meaning that Mr. Xi can stay as President beyond 2023.

Official statistics show that China is responsible for the purchase of 62 percent of all U.S. soy beans, 14 percent of cotton, 25 percent of all Boeing aeroplanes and 17 percent of automobiles, as well as 15 percent of integrated circuits - all of which makes China the biggest export market for the USA outside North America. Xi's reforms prioritize domestic competition over competition with foreign firms.

"Even more worrying is the fact that Xi's anti-corruption campaign has so far had little impact "...even though Xi has conducted the anti-corruption effort over the past few years, the corruption has been getting worse in China".

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