Chinese President Xi Jinping has proposed changing China’s constitution to end the two-term presidential limit. If the constitution changes, he could remain president for the rest of his life.
China instated the term limit to protect the country from revolutionaries like Chairman Mao Zedong, who ruled from 1949 until he died in 1976.
In more bad news for the Chinese people, the government recently went on a censorship spree that’s believed to be part of Xi’s tightening grip on power.
The internet and social media were analyzed for content seen as subversive. Winnie the Pooh was scrubbed along with search terms “my emperor” and “lifelong.” The beloved cartoon bear has been used as a meme by Xi’s dissenters.
Even the English letter “n” was temporarily censored so people couldn’t express this rebellious sentiment: “N > 2” (“n” standing for the number of Xi’s terms in office).
Orwell warned us.
The Beijing National People’s Conference has reportedly also proposed censoring the Orwell classics “1984” and “Animal Farm,” both of which warn people about the dangers of unlimited government power.
“This isn’t new to the Chinese people. President Xi has been periodically censoring specific things for years,” Glenn said. “He controls almost every aspect of Chinese citizens’ lives, but it’s about to get much worse.”