In this Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping reviews a Chinese honor guard during a welcome ceremony for a visiting dignitary at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. . (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
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China's propaganda machine kicked into overdrive Tuesday to defend the Communist Party's move to scrap term limits for President Xi Jinping as critics on social media again defied censorship attempts.The country has shocked many observers by proposing a constitutional amendment to end the two-term limit for presidents, giving Xi a clear path to rule the world's second largest economy for life.The rubber-stamp National People's Congress (NPC) is certain to endorse the move next week, meaning that Xi -- already China's most powerful leader in decades -- can stay as president beyond 2023 .- 'Happier lives' -- The NPC, at its annual full session starting Monday, will also formally approve a second five-year presidential term for Xi, who is Communist Party chief and head of the armed forces in addition to being head of state.The administration of President Donald Trump, who has called Xi a friend but regularly clashes with Beijing over trade, had a guarded reaction to the Communist Party's move.
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