Opinion: How Xi Jinping can avoid becoming a dictator


"It may seem far-fetched, but [an electoral presidential] system would grant Mr. Xi the legitimacy and public support he craves to stay in power," writes Ho Pin. "Without the legitimacy of an election, even a flawed one by Western standards, he would have to step down in 2022 or flagrantly ignore the party rules, and turn himself into a dictator who lives in constant fear of being toppled."