'No winner' in US-driven trade war

Donald Trump praises Chinese president Xi Jinping extending tenure 'for life'

Trump praises Chinese president extending tenure 'for life'

Chinese lawmakers prepared for changes to allow President Xi Jinping to stay in power indefinitely as the country's top economic official on Monday announced a robust annual growth target, high-tech development goals and a boost in military spending.

China's hostility towards Taiwan has risen since the election to president of Tsai Ing-wen from the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party in 2016.

The annual Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, headed by Yu since 2013, is mostly ceremonial but created to present an image of a diverse, big-tent advisory body that includes non-Communist Party members, minority ethnic groups, business leaders, religious groups, artists, and representatives from Hong Kong and Macau all taking part in China's governance.

The text says the change "will be conducive to safeguarding the authority and the unified leadership of the CCP Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core and to strengthening and perfecting the national leadership system".

That marked about a 7 percent increase, continuing a trend of lowered growth amid a slowing economy, despite regional tensions over the South China Sea and other issues.

The figure released in a report Monday to the National People's Congress is an increase from past year, when ministry officials told the Associated Press the budget was rising to 1.044 trillion yuan ($151 billion).

China also opened its markets to import soya beans, beef and oil from US.

US President Donald Trump said Saturday he thinks it's great that China's president now holds that office for life and mused that maybe the US will do the same someday.

The 64-year-old Xi has appointed himself to head bodies that oversee national security, finance, economic reform and other functions, effectively sidelining Li, the party's No. 2 figure.

The possibility has sparked public outcry, prompting Chinese censors to furiously stamp out dissenting voices on social media.

Xi began second five-year term as the leader of the CPC and the military in last October after a key congress of the party.

CA Yeung, a blogger based in Perth, Australia suggested that "N = infinity"; with Xi Jinping's latest edicts, infinity is how long many see the Chinese leader's rule lasting.

"China does not want to fight a trade war with the United States, but we absolutely will not sit by and watch as China's interests are damaged", Zhang, who is a spokesman for parliament and was formerly an ambassador to the United States, said. "To do this, it is not enough for him to serve only two terms", Hua told AFP.

"We will stick to the Chinese path in strengthening our armed forces, advance all aspects of military training and war preparedness", Li said.

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