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Xi's power grab may undermine Beijing's hard-won stability

China's modern society confronts its antediluvian politics

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A statue of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong stands in front of a steel plant in Wuhan, Hubei Province.   © Reuters

Has Xi Jinping just made himself president for life?

The announcement that China will amend its state constitution to remove the current two-term limit for the presidency has seemingly cleared the way for just that. Slated to step down in 2023, there are now no formal barriers to him staying on.

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