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China cancels term limits for president


China’s National People’s Congress overwhelmingly passed an amendment to the constitution on Sunday that abolishes term limits for the nation’s president. The rubber-stamp legislative body passed the measure with nearly 3,000 (2,958) votes in favor, two against, three abstentions and one invalid vote.


China had imposed a two-term limit on its president since the 1990s. The current president – Xi Jinping – would have been due to step down in the year 2023, but now there will be no limit on how long he can keep the position.


Taiwan’s Presidential Office Spokesperson Alex Huang said that the presidential office is aware of China’s passage of the new amendment. He said it will continue to monitor the issue but will not comment on the internal affairs of other governments.


As to constitutional amendments, Huang said that Taiwan respects the spirit of the constitution. By definition, he said, a constitutional form of government includes the principles of democracy and the rule of law.