via Washington Post – China’s ruling Communist Party plans to scrap presidential term limits, making it possible for President Xi Jinping to stay in power indefinitely and potentially changing the country’s political trajectory.
The proposal, announced Sunday, would remove a line from China’s constitution that says the president and vice president “shall serve no more than two consecutive terms.” That change would allow Xi to stay in office beyond the end of his second term in 2023.
It is the strongest sign yet that Xi intends to hold on to power, potentially taking China back toward one-man rule.
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Fabricating data in China, it turns out, is not only a favorite government pastime. Publicly traded, if state-owned, phone giant Unicom Group fabricated financials relating to 1.8 billion yuan ($261 billion) in revenue over a five-year period from 2012 to 2016 – or as the company admitted, it engaged in an “unprecedented degree of falsified revenue.” This is China we are talking about, where the definition of “unprecedented” is very different from the US.
Lest there be any confusion, Bloomberg further elucidated that Unicom “engaged in organized, cross-departmental faking of financial figures” – according to an internal document leaked to Bloomberg. The disclosure is just another reminder of just how endemic fraud is at both government agencies and various enterprises in China. Recall that back in January, People’s Daily confirmed what everyone had known: the government was officially making up numbers in the rust-belt province of Liaoning, and fabricated fiscal numbers after the local economy was crippled by the commodity crunch.
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