• News
  • World Media

China Temporarily Bans The Use Of The Letter 'N' On The Internet

China Temporarily Bans The Use Of The Letter 'N' On The Internet

If Xi Jinping succeeds in relieving himself of term limits and framing authoritarianism as a viable alternative to liberal democracy, "he will not only have secured his own future and extended the future of China's Communist Party, he may also establish a new model for authoritarianism to thrive worldwide", The New York Times said on February 28. The god-king model is back.

The timing was a direct slap at China: Chief of the Leading Group for Financial and Economic Affairs Office and Xi Jinping confidant Liu He 刘鹤 was at the White House today, apparently in the hopes of talking the Trump administration out of a trade war.

Global Times, the state-run newspaper, lashed out quickly to those who noticed the ban. The ban was implied when the people started criticizing the leader Xi Jinping for ruling differently and used the letter N for doing so. Xi does not want to transform the world's most populous country into a peasant and worker's state like Mao but into a global power that can rival or even surpass the U.S. as the strongest economy in the world. Where we all remember the crimes of Tiananmen Square, and will ultimately hold all those responsible for the slaughter of tends of thousands of students then, and hundreds of thousands since to account for their crimes against the chinese people! Upon becoming president, Xi altered the composition of the PSC, shrinking it from nine to seven, and broke with previous norms favouring balance on the committee to be instead strongly in favour of his clique.

Being president-for-life certainly wasn't a good idea for former Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, who was also effectively in power for life. It became known as the "era of stagnation", and only seven years after Brezhnev died in 1982 the whole Communist empire in eastern Europe collapsed. Xi joined the Communist Party of China in 1974 and steadily rose through the party ranks.

As he set to cement his power removing two term limit, Xi plans to appoint four vice premiers to work on popular programmes like poverty relief, environmental protection and improving economy which would enhance his image at home.

It has worked pretty well, as dictatorships go. Previously, the country's leaders had been restricted to two terms. And Pooh went from a sweet, friendly creature to a political meme in China. The fact that party loyalty, censorship and a state economy will continue to play a big role was already clear without such an old-school and authoritarian show of power. In such a circumstance, an op-ed in The Sydney Morning Herald claimed that Xi's coronation will "entrench China's hi-tech authoritarianism".




Mere personal ambition is one obvious possibility, but there is probably more to it than that. The party's power has also expanded under Xi. "It was a very sudden and bold move that has raised many questions and concerns and there are some who can not understand", why the change is needed, said one man surnamed Ding, who works in the finance sector.

But Disney can't control what the internet decides to take up as a revolutionary symbol.

He has chosen the latter course, and in terms of protecting himself it is probably the right choice.

"Judging from Xi's past traits, the abolishment [of term limits] may have paved an easy path for Xi to seek his third term, but I don't think Xi wants to be an emperor for life", Yang said. And that is precisely the problem.

General Secretary Xi Jinping has often stressed that to uphold the rule of law we must adhere to constitution-based governance first. And, when the passage of time makes the mistakes obvious, you are obliged to defend them, although a successor could just drop them and move on.

Xi, for the moment, holds all three positions.

Leave Your Comment

Leave Your Comment


Latest News

Breaking News



Recommended

Gazprom already applied to arbitration to terminate contracts with Naftogaz

On Thursday, Gazprom said the latest court ruling meant it was obliged to pay $2.56 billion to Naftogaz. Since November 2015, Kiev has not bought Russian gas, replacing it with reverse gas from Europe.

Tony Finau Hole-Out Gets Football Style Commentary At The WGC-Mexico

And I proved to myself that I can roll it, so I'll just do the same things that I've been doing", he said. This is the biggest event I've ever played in. "That's where I was aiming", Thomas said.

Original plan for Brock Lesnar on Raw

It's worth noting, however, that even if Lesnar leaves WWE and returns to UFC , he won't be able to fight right away. The main event set up the biggest match of the year for " Wrestlemania XXXIV", but it did something more than that.

Wall St sinks on Trump tariffs, interest rate worries

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.5 percent and headed for its third day of losses. Toronto-Dominion Bank also rallied after reporting quarterly earnings that beat market expectations.

Attorney: ESPN's report about Deandre Ayton is 'false and unfounded'

Despite Miller not coaching the game (and perhaps never coaching another game), Ayton is playing for Arizona. OR rallied Saturday to beat the Wildcats 98-93 in overtime at the Matthew Knight Arena.

Turkish women sentenced to death in Iraq for joining IS

The public defender argued that the women had been trafficked into jihadi territory or tricked by their husbands. In January a German woman captured during the 2017 battle for Mosul was sentenced to death for joining IS.

Proposal to change Chinese president's term limits

National People's Congress members are elected every five years , the same as the president and vice-president. What Xi's supporters are saying is that these are special times and they demand some special arrangements.

'Black Panther' Achieves Best First Week of Any Marvel Movie

She's just going to keep doing her job and wait for the excitement around the superhero movie to die down. Boseman possesses a timeless craft that is vivacious, influential, and skilled in " Black Panther ".

Airbnb is going mainstream and adding regular hotels to its listings

He also announced the creation of a new store for Superhosts, which would give them exclusive pricing on smart home devices. Later this year, Airbnb will unveil a new guest membership program offering benefits across the entire trip.

Volvo V60: This is it!

First introduced in Europe back in 2010 before it came to America in 2014, the Swedish station wagon is overdue an update. For the first time, City Safety includes a feature which enables automatic braking to mitigate an oncoming collision.