Xi ends the year with tight grip on power


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.”