State Media Blasts Critics Of Term Limit Change

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2018-03-12 HKT 12:56

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  • President Xi Jinping votes on the changes to the constitution. The state-run media hailed the changes, saying the nation should follow the Communist Party. File photo: AP

    President Xi Jinping votes on the changes to the constitution. The state-run media hailed the changes, saying the nation should follow the Communist Party. File photo: AP

The mainland state media on Monday attacked critics of ending presidential term limits, which effectively now allows President Xi Jinping to stay in office indefinitely, saying the key to China’s path was following the Communist Party.

The National People's Congress on Sunday overwhelmingly voted to amend the constitution, scrapping term limits and adding clauses to further strengthen the party’s already dominating role in politics.

In an editorial, widely-read tabloid the Global Times said Western political theories were of no use to China.

“We are increasingly confident that the key to China’s path lies in upholding strong Party leadership and firmly following the leadership of the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core,” it said.

“In these years we have seen the rise and decline of countries and particularly the harsh reality that the Western political system doesn’t apply to developing countries and produces dreadful results.”

The official China Daily reiterated a point previously made by the party’s People’s Daily that the amendment did not “imply lifetime tenure for any leader”.

“Yet some people in the West insist otherwise, even though it is only through specious speculation that they claim to know better,” the English-language paper said.

Such people have a deep-rooted ideological bias against China and have made one failed prediction after another about China, it added.

“Their erroneous judgements are only a litany of short-sighted calumnies against the party and the nation.”

While social media accounts of major state media outlets either disabled their comments section or only made visible comments praising the party, some words of dissent did manage to make it past the censors.

“How is it that socialism which is praised has become a monarchy making law?” wrote one user on Weibo. (Reuters)