China to get rid of presidential term limits

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Source: Reuters. China's President Xi Jinping (C) arrives with leaders at the opening ceremony of the CPC in Dialogue with World Political Parties High-level Meeting, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, December 1, 2017.

President Xi Jinping may remain the leader of China indefinitely.

China’s ruling Communist Party on Sunday set the stage for President Xi to stay in office with a proposal to remove a constitutional clause limiting presidential service.

According to China’s state news agency Xinhua, the proposal was made by the party’s Central Committee, the largest of its elite ruling bodies. The proposal also covers the vice president position.

Xi became president in 2013 and this past October was elected for his second term.

Under Xi, China’s influence in Afghanistan has only grown. The economic collaboration between the two neighboring countries is driven by China’s $1 trillion Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). China needs to get through Afghanistan to reach the rest of the world, just like it did with the Silk Road.

President Xi expressed his support for Afghanistan to play “a greater role in promoting the regional economic integration and connectivity” when he met President Ashraf Ghani in Astana on June 8, 2017.

The two leaders discussed Afghanistan’s domestic security and China’s cooperation in anti-terrorism efforts. Xi Jinping pointed out that China firmly upholds the friendly policy towards Afghanistan, and will play a constructive role in advancing Afghanistan’s peaceful reconstruction and reconciliation process.

Last week, Afghanistan’s Defense Ministry announced that China will be training Afghan Forces in Badakhshan Province. China has also committed to finance an army base for Afghanistan in the northeastern province. During the past year, Chinese soldiers have been patrolling Afghanistan’s Wakhan corridor, the mountainous strip of land between Pamir and Karakoram mountain ranges that extends to the Chinese border.

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