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Now that China's National People's Congress has voted – 2,958 to two – to abolish presidential term limits, Xi Jinping could rule China indefinitely, rather than completing a tenure of two five-year terms in 2023 .China watchers have been debating the character and extent of Xi's power since last October's 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. Xi's New Era thus represents a milestone in China's long search for "wealth and power".The history of the PRC is further divided into two periods: the Mao era (1949-1976) and the reform era.Indeed, in 1943, the wife of China's Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek testified before the U.S. Congress about how U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "four freedoms" applied to a China at war with Japan.So was the reform era yet another aberration in China's history, not unlike the republican period?Just as Deng presided over China's reform and opening up, he presided over the Tiananmen Square massacre.
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