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The Communist Party of China's decision this week to eliminate presidential term limits seems to open the door for President Xi Jinping to be not just "Chairman of Everything," but also "Chairman Forever". The move has been met with dismay around the world, but it has also intensified an ongoing debate among China experts over whether the biggest threat to China is too much executive power, or too little.Where one stands on that question seems to depend largely on whether one is a political scientist, an economist or a technologist. China may remain a closed society in many ways, but its top policymakers have shown an open-minded willingness to experiment and learn through trial and error.Many economists, meanwhile, are less worried about excessive executive power, because they think it is even more dangerous to have a government that is too weak to overhaul the country's economic model when needed. In addition to supplanting the collective leadership model with one centered on the personality of a supreme leader, Xi has also significantly expanded the surveillance state.
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