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China's Xi lays out firm nationalist agenda as parliament ends

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Betsy Taylor | 21 March, 2018, 08:13

The two-week session of the National People's Congress handed Xi, 64, a second term and endorsed the Communist Party's decision to lift presidential term limits, clearing the way for him to remain in power indefinitely after his second term ends in 2023. But China's opposition to a United Nations ban on Pakistani terrorist and JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar, who plotted terror attacks at bases of Indian armed forces, has also strained their relations.

Both India and China are ancient civilisations with global influence, Modi said, adding that India will work with China to enhance high-level exchanges, deepen bilateral ties, strengthen coordination and cooperation in worldwide affairs to further a closer developmental partnership between the two countries and promote global and regional peace and development, according to the report. "These separatist actions will be met with the condemnation of the people and punishment of the history", he said. "We are resolved to fight the bloody battle against our enemies".

The Chinese people have the will and ability to "foil all activities to divide the nation" and are united in their belief that "every inch of our great motherland absolutely can not and absolutely will not be separated from China", Xi said.

Washington does not have formal ties with Taiwan and China is strongly opposed to any moves that would suggest the global community recognises Taiwan as an independent country.

This could prompt fears of what a highly-modernized Chinese army might mean for its many territorial disputes in the region, including in Taiwan and the South China Sea.


"In the face of national righteousness and the tide of history, all attempts or tricks aimed at dividing the motherland are doomed to failure", Xi said to loud applause.

Modi said that Xi's re-election shows that he enjoys the support of the whole Chinese nation, the report said. He is being widely compared to Mao because the Chinese parliament has removed the two-term limit + on the president, allowing Xi to rule as long as he wishes.

"Our development poses no threat to other countries", Xi said.

"Only those who are accustomed to threatening others will see everyone as a threat", he said. CCTV now has more than 70 bureaux overseas, while China Radio International broadcasts in more than 60 languages.

Responding to a question from a Japanese reporter at his annual news conference, Li said Beijing's ties with Tokyo have been improving but suffered from a weak foundation. "Prime Minister for many times to determine that China and India will build a closer developmental partnership to make great headway in bilateral cooperation in a variety of areas", he said. The combined group is created to strengthen the party's ability to shape public opinion and would serve as a key vehicle for China to project its image to the world, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the changes haven't been publicly announced.

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