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Comrade Auntie Em, it turns out you’re right: It’s a twister/the sky is falling.
Xi Jinping is going to be President of China for life. With the proposed end of term-limits for the country’s State leader, all restraints have been removed. He’s a dictator like Putin. China is entering a dark period, and will not emerge until—well, until whenever and perhaps never.

It’s all over but the shooting.

Really? Nope, not yet--not by a fair breeze.
In China, The Sky Is Falling--Apparently
In China, The Sky Is Falling--Apparently
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There was an announcement here Sunday afternoon about, among other matters, a proposal by the Central Committee of China’s Communist Party that would remove the current two-term limit on the presidency and vice-presidency by changing China’s State Constitution.

That’s major news.

But what’s just as interesting is why the news announcement was botched.
The News That Xi Intends To Stay Isn't The Only News
The News That Xi Intends To Stay Isn't The Only News
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It took a year and a half, but finally we’ve been told why China’s high-profile former Internet czar Lu Wei [鲁炜] lost his job.

He’s a sleaze and he was getting dangerous.

But a larger question remains unanswered.
Lu Wei And The Larger War Against Corruption In China
Lu Wei And The Larger War Against Corruption In China
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Like most regional Communist Party newspapers in China, Nanjing Daily [南京日报] winds down on the weekend, taking a pause from the usual heavy dose of local politics.

But this past Sunday, one of the articles there asked a rather pressing and impertinent question: If China’s aircraft carriers are supposed to be the vanguard of a new national naval doctrine, why is the fighter plane they carry obsolete?

Those are answers no one here or abroad yet know—especially if Beijing is itself undecided whether it even wants to ask the questions.
Not Yet Ready For Takeoff--Or Even Talking
Not Yet Ready For Takeoff--Or Even Talking
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As if two recent snowstorms weren’t enough for Nanjing officials to contend with, there now seem to be two competing interpretations of the lesson to be learned from that experience.
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Wang Qishan is back and going places.

And that’s great news.

It’s great news for the people of Hunan, whom he will be representing as a deputy in China’s National People’s Congress.

And it’s great news for all of those analysts who predicted that Wang Qishan [王岐山] wouldn’t retire and would remain on the Politburo.

It’s important here not to mention that prediction was utterly wrong.
Wang Qishan Is Back And Going Places
Wang Qishan Is Back And Going Places
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And that’s great news.

It’s great news for the people of Hunan, whom he will be representing as a deputy in China’s National People’s Congress. There’s even the chance that Wang’s Qishan’s [王岐山] selection is just a prelude to him being named Vice-President.

And it’s great news for all of those analysts who predicted that Wang Qishan wouldn’t retire and would remain on the Politburo to continue being the anticorruption czar that Chinese officials feared and so many China Hands admired.

Just don't mention that prediction was utterly wrong.
Wang Qishan Will Never Die
Wang Qishan Will Never Die
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It’s rare for city governments in China to run a thank-you letter on the front page of the Communist Party newspaper.

Monday’s edition of Nanjing Daily featured a 1,360 character-long expression of gratitude to “city residents and friends, as well as troops and government officers stationed in Nanjing” [广大市民朋友、驻宁部队官兵们].

But while heavy snowfall in Nanjing is also rare and effusive gratitude uncommon, the letter’s language is telling of the tendency for even forward-looking cities to fall back on the traditional.
A Good War, Or Just Bad Weather Well Handled?
A Good War, Or Just Bad Weather Well Handled?
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The MeToo# movement that has done such fabulous work in mobilizing people to resist sexual harassment in the United States has come to China, and cyber-protests have broken out across the country. Alas, government authorities have censored social media and cut off public discussion, preventing wider dissemination of these ideas. But this is nonetheless a social movement, a feminist resistance crusade--another demonstration of dissatisfaction with Beijing.

That’s the story and it’s a moving one.

It’s also rather misleading.
MeToo# In China? Not Quite
MeToo# In China? Not Quite
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Nanjing’s new mayor wasn’t in office very long before he gave a report outlining “practical things” [件实事] for the city government to undertake in 2018.

35 practical things, to be precise--ones that bear little resemblance to the emphasis on ideology that Beijing has been pushing about.
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