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Xi Jinping, China's president and the Chinese Communist Party's general secretary, is looking to break away from China's collective leadership system.
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Xi Jinping's next goal? Communist Party chairman for life

Lifting of term limit prevents Li Keqiang from taking the helm in 2022

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- Ten days into the Year of the Dog, Chinese President Xi Jinping made maybe one of his boldest political moves yet.

He has begun the process of altering the nation's constitution to remove a clause that limits the country's president to two consecutive five-year terms. Deleting the clause would pave the way for Xi to stay on as president after 2023.

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