Xi’s power grab dan­ger­ous for China

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION -

THE EDI­TOR, Sir:

THE PEO­PLE’S Repub­lic of China, from the days of its birth, would have never been praised for its demo­cratic ideals. Since the re­for­ma­tory days of Deng Xiaop­ing, most pres­i­dents of China have served two con­sec­u­tive fiveyear terms, af­ter which they are shut­tled out, cre­at­ing space for new lead­er­ship.

This cul­ture of ro­ta­tion is now un­der threat, with Xi Jin­ping’s bid to re­main in of­fice in­def­i­nitely. This fur­ther slide into au­thor­i­tar­i­an­ism may have un­fore­seen ad­verse con­se­quences that may rip­ple out­wards through­out Asia and the rest of the world.

NOEL MATHERSON noel­math­er­son@gmail.com

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