28 February 2018
PRESIDENT XI JINPING OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA IS EXPECTED TO RECEIVE THE ENDORSEMENT OF HIS COUNTRY'S PARLIAMENT IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS TO SERVE BEYOND TWO TERMS. THE ANNUAL SESSION OF THE NATIONAL PEOPLE'S CONGRESS AND THE CHINESE PEOPLE'S POLITICAL CONSULTATIVE CONFERENCE ("LIANGHUI") WILL IN ALL LIKELIHOOD LIFT THE CONSTITUTIONAL LIMIT ON THE TWO FIVE-YEAR PRESIDENTIAL TERMS. THIS WILL MAKE XI THE STRONGEST CHINESE LEADER SINCE DENG XIAOPING, THE PARAMOUNT LEADER WHO OPENED UP CHINA TO THE WORLD IN 1978.
While many (mainly in the West) fear a power grab and a return to the bad old days of the cult of personality, we think this concern is exaggerated and over-hyped. Xi simply wants to oversee and ensure the success of some of the biggest projects in human history, to wit, the One Belt/One Road Initiative, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, the resolution (one way or another) of the Taiwan question, and the re-emergence of China/Cathay as the largest economy in the world. It takes a man of his caliber and courage to do all these. No other living person on earth can achieve these monumental goals except for Xi Jinping himself. Xi Dada, jiayou!