China’s legislature, the National People’s Congress, has ratified the legislation of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to the surprise of no one. Obedient and well-disciplined as ever, the parliament approved a series of provisions that strengthen Xi Jinping’s position. His right-hand man, Wang Qi Shan, left the politburo due to age, and has ascended to the vice presidency, a position created especially for him. Thus he will be able to continue handling the more sensitive dossiers. The institution of the National Supervision Commission, under Xi’s tutelage, effectively downgrades the actions of both the government and the party. The indefinite extension of the presidential mandate is widely acknowledged: the two-term limit has been removed, and Xi can now remain in power for life. 

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