‘It goes against civilised politics’ – rare protests in China over Xi Jinping’s power play

Xi Jinping
Xi Jinping Credit: AP

A rare show of dissent has emerged in China over Xi Jinping’s bid to stay in power beyond his two term presidential limit. The Chinese president is seeking to extend his rule beyond 2023 with a change to the constitution that will be decided by China’s parliament, the National People’s Congress (NPC), when it meets next month.

Beijing’s huge army of Internet censors have been mobilised to stamp out any ridicule or criticism to the move, while state media and the armed forces have come out to back it.

But Li Datong, a former editor at the state-run China Youth Daily, published online an open letter to the NPC’s Beijing legislators telling them such a move would involve “planting the seed once again of chaos in…

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