As Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to seek a third term, his political opponents are challenging the president’s candidacy at a time when his much-criticized strict “zero-COVID” policy has brought the entire nation to the brink of economic crisis. collapse.
Xi has obviously faced an ever-increasing attack from his opponents and this is evident in a recent article published by Cai Xia, a retired professor at the Party School of the Communist Party of China Central Committee.
In his message, he referred to a regulation titled “Provisional Provisions on the Term of Office of Leading Party and Government Officials.” According to a post by him on Twitter, he clarified that this provision is still in effect.
Interestingly, this interim arrangement could supposedly challenge Xi’s ability to continue as CCP leader in the next term, Global Strait reported.
According to this provision, the tenure of the CCP Party and senior Chinese government cadres is limited. They can only hold the same position for two consecutive terms or a total of 15 years.
After this post by Cai, a Taiwanese media published an article on this provision. In the June 5 article, the interim arrangement could hamper Xi’s wish to extend his party’s leadership.
The article explains how Xi, since 2017, has encountered various substantive obstacles to his re-election. According to former diplomat and author Roger Garside, opponents of Chinese President Xi are also taking advantage of the country’s internal unrest to undermine him.
Garside, the author of the book “China Coup”, said the Chinese leader faces a combination of external and internal pressures.
“There are tipping points … looming on the Chinese scene of the most serious,” he said, adding that this would allow rivals within the leadership to oppose Xi, according to the media portal. .
To add insult to injury, China’s Zero-COVID policy and mass shutdowns have produced “a very vulnerable state in China and an imperative to isolate China from the rest of the world,” he said. he declares.
“And internally there is being, as we have seen on videos from Shanghai and elsewhere, anger, outrage and an erosion of respect and loyalty to the Communist Party,” said Garside, adding: “But this has happened against a backdrop of disastrous performance in the property sector. We have seen the failure of major property developers,” he added.
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