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

China's President Xi Jinping

China's President Xi Jinping

"It is conducive to upholding the authority of the Central Committee of the party with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core and also to unified leadership", Zhang said.

China's ruling Communist Party last month proposed removing a two-term limit on presidential terms, a suggestion nearly sure to be adopted by the country's rubber-stamp parliament during its annual session starting March 5. "Over the past five years, thanks to the joint efforts from all parties, this initiative is being turned into actions from a concept, and it is being translated into reality from a vision", he said. In this way, there is continuity.

Trump said it. He wants to be a dictator.

The target of "around 6.5 percent", announced by Premier Li Keqiang to the National People's Congress, is down slightly from 2017 but would be among the world's strongest if achieved.

The new set of appointments of four Vice-Premiers is expected during the upcoming March 5 meeting of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's Parliament.

"He's now president for life", Trump said. "Our jobs and wealth are being given to other countries that have taken advantage of us for years".

All these concrete results fully demonstrate that the initiative has really responded to the trend for win-win cooperation and the shared aspiration for common development, he said. But the president is the only one with a formal limit of two terms - introduced by late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping in 1982 to prevent another lifelong dictatorship after Mao Zedong's tumultuous rule.

President Xi Jinping's top economic aide, Liu He, met with U.S. officials at the White House this week to discuss the fraught economic relationship. That has left little doubt over what official line the roughly 3,000 delegates gathered in the Chinese capital are to follow.

"The president has talked about term limits in a number of capacities during the campaign", Sanders said. "It reflects the will of the people".

Trump's announcement on Thursday sparked a flurry of counter-threats from other nations but its main trade rival, China, had avoided any overt warnings of potential retaliation until now. "It's the difference between heaven and earth compared to the endless debates for their own political interests between certain ruling and opposition parties in the West", it wrote, without saying which foreign reporters had offered praise.

Praising Xi as a "great gentleman", Trump added that the Chinese president is "the most powerful person in 100 years, you know, personally in 100 years in China and he treated us tremendously well when we went there".

Trump made the comments in a speech that was, according to CNN, filled with jokes and told in a lighthearted manner. China represents only a little more than 2 per cent of United States steel imports, and just 0.1 per cent of China's overall steel production.

"How can the China dream be realised if nobody listens to him?"

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