By: Chai Sze-chia and Elizabeth Hsu
Taipei, March 12 (CNA) A Taiwanese scholar versed in China affairs believes Chinese
President Xi Jinping (習近平), who secured absolute leadership through constitutional change Sunday that removes presidential term limits, could break China’s customary practices in relations with Taiwan.
Xi’s push for the constitutional change long before his second term is due to end in 2023 was an act that breaks rules. It means that as a leader who breaks rules, Xi could possibly adopt new approaches in his Taiwan policy in the future, Chang Wu-ueh (張五岳), a professor of China Studies at Tamkang University, said Sunday.
China’s National People’s Congress, widely known as the rubber stamp authority for the Communist Party of China (CPC), endorsed Sunday a controversial change to the country’s constitution, removing presidential term limits to enable Xi to remain in power indefinitely. [FULL STORY]