China's Parliament preparing to offer president Xi Jinping a lifetime mandate

China's Parliament preparing to offer president Xi Jinping a lifetime mandate
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China's parliament kicks off its most significant meeting, preparing to offer President Xi Jinping a lifetime mandate to mould the Asian giant into a global superpower.

Thousands of Chinese legislators gathered in the imposing great hall of the people in a session that will make Xi the most powerful leader since Mao Zedong , concentrating the growing might of the military, economy and state in the hands of one man.

As Xi looked on from a stage dominated by mostly male party leaders in dark suits, Premier Li Keqiang delivered a report warning that the country is fighting three critical battles against financial risks, poverty and pollution.

The report drafted by the communist party will remove the two-term limit for the presidency, inscribe Xi's name in the state constitution and create a new national anti-corruption agency.

This would allow the 64-year-old leader to stay on as party chief, head of the military and President beyond 2023, when his second term is due to end.

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