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China Clears Way for 'Leader for Life'

Eliminates term limits, enabling Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely

(Newser) - China's rubber-stamp lawmakers on Sunday passed a historic constitutional amendment abolishing a presidential two-term limit that will enable Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely, reports the AP . The amendment upends a system enacted by former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping in 1982 to prevent a return to the bloody excesses of... More »

China's Move: Term Limits 'Not Usually Found in Dictatorships'

5 reactions to the Communist Party's proposed alteration of Constitution

(Newser) - China's Xi Jinping was set to step down in 2023, his presidency curtailed by a two-term limit. Now, with the news that China's ruling Communist Party has proposed scrapping the clause that president and vice president "shall serve no more than two consecutive terms" from the constitution,... More »

China to Kill Term Limits for Xi

Ruling party moves to centralize power around Xi Jinping

(Newser) - China's ruling Communist Party has proposed scrapping term limits for the country's president, reports the AP , appearing to lay the groundwork for Xi Jinping to rule beyond 2023. The party's Central Committee proposed to remove from the constitution the clause that president and vice president "shall... More »

Time Names Short List for Person of the Year

Trump, Kim Jong Un, Patty Jenkins, and Jeff Bezos are among those in the final 10

(Newser) - President Trump? Kim Jong Un? Or perhaps Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins? All three are on the short list to be Time magazine's Person of the Year. The magazine released a list of 10 names on the Today show Monday morning, in advance of the final pick Wednesday morning.... More »

Top Chinese General Kills Himself

Zhang Yang was target of corruption probe

(Newser) - A former top Chinese general under investigation for major corruption has killed himself, official media reported Tuesday, denouncing his death as a "despicable" act to escape punishment. Zhang Yang was placed under investigation in late August on suspicion of bribery, having a large amount of property that he could... More »

White House Walks Back Trump Tweet on UCLA Players

UCLA player's father says he's likelier to thank Xi

(Newser) - President Trump was merely making a "rhetorical response" to criticism when he said he should have left three UCLA basketball players in a Chinese jail , according to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. She said Monday that Trump was "happy to intervene" in the case and had... More »

After Trump Visit, China Sends Top Envoy to North Korea

Xi may be seeking to reset relations

(Newser) - China dispatched its highest-level envoy to North Korea in two years on Friday in a bid to improve chilly relations, after President Trump last week urged Beijing to use its influence to convince Pyongyang to cease its nuclear weapons program. Song Tao will report on the outcomes of China's... More »

Trump Intercedes on Basketball Players' Behalf

Trump asked Chinese president to help UCLA students accused of shoplifting

(Newser) - The case of three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting sunglasses in China has taken on geopolitical significance, so much so that the president of the United States himself has gotten involved. The Washington Post reports that Donald Trump personally asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to resolve the case during... More »

Trump on Trade Imbalance: 'I Don't Blame China'

President gives country 'great credit' for taking 'advantage' of US, vows to fix 'imbalance'

(Newser) - President Trump has previously expressed being "disappointed" at China for "taking advantage" of the US with "one-sided" trade, as well as called the country a "currency manipulator." But speaking in Beijing on Thursday, he appeared to admire any clever exploitation of the US. "I... More »

China Pulls Out All the Stops for Trump Arrival

He received unusually lavish airport welcome

(Newser) - China pulled out all the stops for President Trump's airport arrival in Beijing: honor guard, marching band, jumping children. The ceremony accompanying Trump's arrival Wednesday afternoon was elaborate even by China's lavish standards. Heads of state are usually given a low-key reception at the airport, with the... More »

In Rare Move, China Elevates Xi Jinping to Status of Mao

Chinese leader's ideology is enshrined in constitution, will be taught in schools

(Newser) - Prepare to hear the name Xi Jinping for years to come as a main player on the world stage. China's Communist Party on Tuesday made a rare constitutional move that elevates Xi to the status of Mao Zedong and sets the stage for him to rule indefinitely. Specifically, the... More »

Xi Jinping Spoke for Over 3 Hours. Here's What He Said

China's leader wraps up 1st term, lays out goals for future

(Newser) - Xi Jinping marked the end of his first five-year term as China's leader by giving a speech that seemed nearly as long, the New York Times reports. In a nearly 3.5-hour speech to open the Communist Party Congress, Xi spoke of his accomplishments and goals, addressing the economy,... More »

North Korea: Millions Are Signing Up to Fight

Pyongyang adds to rhetoric as China urges calm

(Newser) - China's president delivered a direct message to President Trump: Ease up on the North Korea rhetoric. In a phone call with Trump Friday night, Xi Jinping said he wanted both sides to avoid "words and actions" that would make the situation worse, per the BBC , citing Chinese media.... More »

China: US Has Apologized for White House Gaffe

Release said Xi Jinping was president of Taiwan

(Newser) - The United States has apologized for mistakenly describing Chinese President Xi Jinping as the leader of Taiwan, China said Monday. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China asked the United States for an explanation of the mistake, and the US said it was a technical error. Washington apologized and corrected... More »

Trump Meets With Xi Jinping, Calls Out North Korean 'Menace'

More from the G20 summit

(Newser) - President Donald Trump assailed North Korea as a "problem and menace" Saturday as he met with Asian allies on the sidelines of an international summit to find consensus on next steps after Pyongyang's recent test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile. "Something has to be done about it,... More »

China Torqued by US Warship in South China Sea

'Serious political and military provocation,' China says of USS Stethem presence

(Newser) - The US is "deliberately [stirring] up troubles" in the South China Sea, a rep from China's Foreign Affairs Ministry said Sunday in a statement , referring to an incident it's calling a "serious political and military provocation." Per the BBC , that alleged provocation was the USS... More »

McMaster: N. Korea Is a 'Grave Threat'

Pyongyang's latest missile test in 'open defiance of the international community'

(Newser) - White House National Security Adviser HR McMaster says North Korea's most recent missile test represents "open defiance of the international community." He says North Korea poses "a grave threat" not just to the United States and its Asian allies, but also to China. Speaking on Fox ... More »

US Nuclear Sub Arrives in South Korea

No sign of nuke test on important date for Pyongyang

(Newser) - A US guided-missile submarine arrived in South Korea on Tuesday and envoys from the US, Japan, and South Korea met in Tokyo, as North Korea marked the anniversary of the founding of its military. Though experts thought a nuclear test or ballistic missile launch might happen, the morning came and... More »

Xi Pays Surprise Visit to Alaska

He saw the sights, talked trade with Gov. Walker

(Newser) - China's President Xi Jinping followed up what President Trump called a "tremendous" summit with a look at some of Alaska's tremendous views. Xi made a surprise stop in Anchorage late Friday on his way back to Beijing from the US. The leader and his entourage went from... More »

Trump Brags of 'Tremendous Progress' in Summit With Xi

But Syrian airstrike casts shadow over meeting with Chinese president

(Newser) - Last week, President Trump tweeted that his meeting with the Chinese president "will be a very difficult one"—not a surprising prediction given Trump once accused China of having "raped the US," but apparently an incorrect one. The BBC reports Trump ended his two-day summit with... More »

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