China’s parliament gives Xi Jinping the mandate to remain in office indefinitely
Xi Jinping has become China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong 40 years ago. The country’s parliament amended the constitution on March 11 and removed the two-term presidential limit. This has given Xi the power to remain in office indefinitely. Under the amended constitution, Xi could now have a lifetime to push his goal of turning China into a global economic powerhouse with a world-class military by mid-century. Activist, however, fear further tightening of already strict controls on media, civil society and religion.