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China People's Congress 2018

China's move to extend Xi's tenure meets resistance online

Viral essay argues term limits serve as safeguard against the rise of personality cults

OKI NAGAI, Nikkei staff writer | China

BEIJING -- China's effort to extend Xi Jinping's presidency beyond 2023 has met harsh criticism on social media, with a scholarly paper backing constitutional term limits going viral. 

The paper, written by a professor at Renmin University of China in Beijing, argues that the constitution in its current form serves as a check against personality cults.

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