Trump's admiration of China for ending term limits is no joke

China hints at retaliatory steps for US tariffs

When asked about China's term-limits move last week, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders called it a "decision for China to make about what's best for their country".

BEIJING-China has no desire to overturn the existing global order and its increasingly powerful military does not constitute a threat to others, the spokesman for the country's ceremonial legislature said Sunday.

But the spotlight was squarely on the party's most powerful leader in more than four decades.

"GDP growth of around 6.5 percent will allow us to achieve relatively full employment", said Li's report.

It's necessary and timely to include important theories, philosophies, strategies and policies adopted at the 19th CPC National Congress, turning China into a modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious and attractive, realising national rejuvenation, setting the leadership of the Party as the defining feature, revising the term limits for the Chinese President and Vice-President, and deepening the supervisory system reform. "If I had the chance to say one sentence to President Xi, I would say this: 'Hello President Xi".

Many analysts see growing signs of Wang Qishan, China's fearsome former anti-corruption czar, becoming the new vice president and being given major responsibilities that may include China-US relations. Their loyalty is to the party first, the NPC second.

"He's now president for life".

The president's office has nearly no official duties but Xi's posts as ruling party general secretary and chairman of the party commission that controls China's military already have no term limit.

Speaking during a tightly packed conference at the country's capital, Beijing yesterday, the spokesperson for this year's NPC meet, Mr. Zhang Yesui, said the constitution was being amended because it was important to adapt to "changing circumstances".

The Chinese system is new, Xi said, also because it pools ideas and suggestions through institutional, procedural, and standardized arrangements and develops a scientific and democratic decision making mechanism.

China's response to Donald Trump's 25 per cent tarriff on imported steel has been muted, so far.

China's Communist Party has long claimed sovereignty over the self-governing island of Taiwan - and a degree of authority over all ethnic Chinese, regardless of nationality - but its attitude toward the Chinese diaspora has been a source of growing friction with foreign governments over the past year.

"And look, he was able to do that", Trump said, according to CNN. "Maybe we'll have to give that a shot some day". Talking about the matter on the sidelines of a fund-raising event in Florida, Donald Trump said, "He's now President for life, President for life and he's great". I think it's great.

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