China’s Xi Marks Third Term

US Vice President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping toast during a State Luncheon for China hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry on September 25, 2015 at the Department of State in Washington, DC.              AFP PHOTO/PAUL J. RICHARDS        (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Under President Xi Jinping’s decade-long reign, China has become more autocratic.
  • As the leader of the Chinese Communist Party, Xi completely abandoned the leadership transition plan.
  • This involved selecting a new leader every ten years via a consensus-building process – outlined in China’s 1982 Constitution after he changed the two-term limit on the presidency in a 2018 amendment.

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