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Old 03-12-2018, 09:20 AM   #1
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China trending to a dictatorship

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China's rubber-stamp lawmakers have passed a historic constitutional amendment that abolishes term limits and will enable President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely.

The National People's Congress' nearly 3,000 hand-picked delegates endorsed the constitutional amendment on Sunday, voting 2,958 in favour with two opposed, three abstaining and one vote invalidated.
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...rule-life.html

Yeah, that's not going to end well.
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Old 03-12-2018, 12:14 PM   #2
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Benign Dictatorship has been a successful model through history
It requires the ruler to recognise that he serves his people who in turn look after him.

Mostly ego, power tripping and greed seem to be the default state though )-:

Its possible that Xi understands this and accepts the role ........
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Old 03-12-2018, 02:52 PM   #3
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Seriously, good luck China. Hold it together long enough so I can take advantage of the cheap air fares and visit.
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Old 03-13-2018, 05:13 AM   #4
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No pretence of voting required in benign dictatorship
If done right the people love their ruler who seeks fairness for all.
It is a huge responsibility that few could manage.

Still needs a system of enforcement though )-:
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China's recent history with dictatorships doesn't suggest the people will love the ruler or that the ruler will "seek fairness for all". Their last dear leader was recent enough that the people can remember that young man daring a tank to run him over in Tiananmen Square. The last dear leader is recent enough that the party apparatus that supported him (or kept him entrenched) is likely still there.

By all accounts, China is more at risk of systemic economic catastrophe than most of the world. Xi is going to be juggling emergency measures to apply bandaids, and that's not going to equitable to the masses by necessity.
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agree Bug.

The risk for any ultimate ruler though, is an uprising from a pissed off population.
although new forms of control are evolving )-:

But as the old saying goes - when you have nothing left to loose but your chains .......
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