China skips announcement of defence budget, says rise in spending no threat

China boosts military spending 8% amidst ambitious modernization drive

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Trump's announcement came as Chinese President Xi Jinping's top economic aide, Liu He, met United States officials at the White House to discuss the fraught economic relationship. In addition, one of the highlights of the opening of the National People's Congress will be the return of Wang Qishan, who's set to take the post of vice president.

A top Chinese official called Saturday for continued efforts to rally non-mainland ethnic Chinese, including those overseas, around the country's national interests and help realize President Xi Jinping's "Chinese Dream" of national rejuvenation.

The removal of those restrictions would allow Xi to rule for the rest of his life should he choose to do so.

The premier also promised progress on developing electric cars and other technology and better regulation of China's scandal-plagued financial industries.

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That has some concerned about the negative effects of one-man rule, including the possibility of even greater political repression and misguided policies arising from untested convictions and decision making free of challenge.

It is nearly impossible to precisely gauge genuine public opinion on the extension of Xi's rule, with state media strictly controlled by the government and the internet diligently scoured by censors for any comment that harbours explicit criticism or veiled mockery.

Zhou Shuying, a delegate to the People's Congress, told Tracy she thinks he should be president forever. Their loyalty is to the party first, the NPC second.

The Communist Party and the Central Military Commission already have no limits on the number of terms their leader, President Xi Jinping, can stay in power, according to executive vice minister of foreign affairs Zhang Yesui.

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However, the secretive manner in which the amendments were drafted is a break from past practice, said Beijing-based political commentator Zhang Lifan.

It's necessary and timely to include important theories, philosophies, strategies and policies adopted at the 19th CPC National Congress, turning China into a modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious and handsome, realising national rejuvenation, setting the leadership of the Party as the defining feature, revising the term limits for the Chinese President and Vice-President, and deepening the supervisory system reform.

"China is not striving for a trade war with the United States, but if the United States takes action harmful for Chinese interests, we will not ignore it and will take all necessary measures", Zhang said.

"The disruptive amendment has brought about a constitutional crisis casting doubt on the legitimacy of the Communist Party in the future", he said. "China's development will not constitute a threat to any country". "You never know. I hope she's happy".

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