China to increase 2018 defense budget by 8.1%

Chinese president Xi Jinping has been intensifying his push to curb pollution poverty and debt risk at a time when the world’s second-largest economy is on a long-term growth slowdown

The party has proposed amending the state Constitution to remove term limits for presidency, a move that will pave the way for Mr Xi to extend his rule indefinitely. "Maybe we'll give that a shot someday". Saturday. CNN obtained a recording of Trump's speech. "They (the tariffs) will be in place for a long period of time".

China does not provide a breakdown for how it allocates its defense budget, leading neighbors and other military powers to complain that Beijing's lack of transparency has added to regional tensions.

The constitutional amendment to the two-term limit on the president underscores Xi's standing as China's most dominant political figure in decades. "George Washington would roll over in his grave". The White House didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

"We can expect continued recovery of the global economy, but there are also many factors that bring instability and uncertainty", he said. You mean, suspend the constitution and make you a permanent tyrant?

USA presidents by tradition served a maximum of two four-year terms until President Franklin Roosevelt was elected a record four times starting in 1932.

"The president has talked about term limits in a number of capacities during the campaign", Sanders said.

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The government has said it will focus on three main goals over the coming year: tackling China's exposure to financial risk, reining in rampant pollution and continuing to combat poverty.

Once the changes are approved, the constitutional amendment would upend a system enacted by former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping in 1982 to prevent a return to the bloody excesses of a lifelong dictatorship typified by Mao Zedong's chaotic 1966-1976 Cultural Revolution.

In addition to removing presidential term limits, the parliament will also approve China's economic targets, the restructuring of various government departments, and the appointment of several key officials, including a vice president, vice premiers, and a new central bank governor.

The prospect of Chinese President Xi Jinping ruling for an unlimited number of terms is dominating discussion as China's legislature is set to opens its annual session Monday. Trump said Xi had treated him "tremendously well" during his visit in November.

The country's economic growth and inflation targets for 2018, meanwhile, were set at around 6.5 percent and about 3 percent, respectively, unchanged from 2017. There will also be ramifications for China's foreign policy, as centralizing the decision-making process into one individual dramatically increases the odds of miscalculation.

Trump told The New York Times in December that because of North Korea he had "been soft on China because the only thing more important to me than trade is war".

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