The National People's Congress (NPC), the policy approval branch of the Communist Party of China (CPC), removed a constitutional restriction of a two-term limit on China's presidency earlier today, thus adopting a national policy of continuity under President Xi Jinping, beyond 2023.
China's approval of continuity comes as Europe faces the rise of the far right and populists; the United States (US) becomes more isolated, less influential and polarized under Donald Trump; and as Russia prepares for a prolonged czaristship under Vladimir Putin.
Whereas some western writers and pundits have been fast to dub China's affirmation of continuity as an installation of Xi, as "leader for life", China's choice toward continuity appears to be based upon its success of economic growth, unmatched development and widening influence. Therefore, China's decision is based significantly on its present stability, security and strength, rather than upon any coronation of a new emperor.
And China has reached its decision in the wake of a growing agitated world. Last week's success of populists and far right parties in Italy's parliamentary elections, setting up a possible collision between Eurosceptic governments - from Italy, to Poland, to the Czech Republic, to Hungary and to Austria with the behemoth European Union (EU), clearly underscores China's reasoning for continuity.
Moreover, as Donald Trump's actions continue to isolate the US on the world's sphere, to spar trade concerns on the global market, and to agitate social and political concerns within the Republic; and as Vladimir Putin nears a longer rule in Russia after upcoming elections there, then, China's decision gains greater credence and demands global acceptance of the China choice with define Chinese characteristics for the Chinese people.