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Xi ends the year with tight grip on power

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At a meeting on Wednesday, China’s Politburo agreed to put a proposal on constitutional amendments at the top of the agenda for next month’s Communist Party Central Committee meeting, Xinhua reports.

  • China’s constitution has not been changed since 2004, and Bloomberg notes ongoing speculation of an amendment that would remove the current two-term limit on the office of president, allowing Xi to retain the title beyond 2022.
  • Another amendment will be necessary to provide a constitutional basis for a national anti-graft body, further cementing the central role of Xi’s years-long fight against corruption, which has proven a handy tool for eliminating potential political rivals.
  • The Politburo meeting also included a return to self-criticism sessions as members reflected on their performance and vowed “to take the lead in studying Xi’s thoughts and rallying behind the president.”

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Sky Canaves

Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.