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Chinese President Xi Jinping has not lined up a successor as is customary, raising speculation that he would seek to stay in power beyond a second term. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)
China People's Congress 2018

China paves way for Xi to hold on to power beyond second term

Proposed constitutional amendment scraps 10-year limit for presidents

TETSUSHI TAKAHASHI, Nikkei China bureau chief | China

BEIJING -- The Communist Party of China announced a proposal Sunday to abolish a constitutional provision limiting a president's time in office to two terms, setting the stage for Xi Jinping to stay on beyond 2023.

Xi, who will be elected to his second five-year term as China's president in March, also doubles as the general secretary of the Communist Party, the organization's top post. The party's charter does not set any term limit for general secretary, but the constitution prescribes no more than two consecutive terms for a president.

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