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Xi's power grab dangerous for China

Published:Tuesday | March 13, 2018 | 12:00 AM


The People's Republic of China, from the days of its birth, would have never been praised for its democratic ideals. Since the reformatory days of Deng Xiaoping, most presidents of China have served two consecutive five-year terms, after which they are shuttled out, creating space for new leadership.

This culture of rotation is now under threat, with Xi Jinping's bid to remain in office indefinitely. This further slide into authoritarianism may have unforeseen adverse consequences that may ripple outwards throughout Asia and the rest of the world.