Proposed Removal of Chinese Leader’s Term Limit Meets With Public Resistance
Xi and his loyalists seem to have been stung by the shock and ridicule — and sometimes the pointed silence — coming from Chinese social media. The censors clamped down fast and heavily. An explainer in People’s Daily a few hours after the announcement summarized ten “major changes” proposed by the Party, except for the one change that everyone was talking about: the removal of term limits. It was tucked away in a long succession of empty rhetoric towards the end of the piece.
China Silences Its Feminists on International Women's Day
"Feminist Voices' Weibo account ... was blocked in the evening of March 8th 2018," Lü wrote. "Sina told us they won’t reactivate it because we 'posted sensitive and illegal information'," she said, describing the site as the "largest feminist alternative media in China."
Chinese Protest Removal of Presidential Term Limits Outside China

Holding banners and chanting "Oppose dictatorship!", a group of ethnic Chinese residents of the city converged on the California State Legislature in Sacramento."Long live freedom and democracy!" they chanted. "Mobilize nationally for a constitutional government!"

House Proposal Targets Confucius Institutes as Foreign Agents
The effort, spearheaded by U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), targets any foreign funding at U.S. universities that aims to promote the agenda of a foreign government.
POLICE STATE Inside China’s sinister ‘black jails’ where citizens are snatched off the streets and held for years without trial or their families knowing where they are
Later this month, President Xi will introduce a new "corruption" law which will legalise the instant detention of any government worker who dares threaten his near-total authority.
Draft National Anthem Policy Sparks Concerns in Hong Kong
A policy paper submitted to the Legislative Council (LegCo) on Friday would require anyone present in a public place when the "March of the Volunteers" is being played to "stand up and show respect."
Activists' Award Comes Amid Worsening Human Rights Climate in China
The award, which comes amid an ever-widening crackdown on human rights advocates by the ruling Chinese Communist Party, is named for late human rights activist Cao Shunli, who died in police detention on March 14, 2014.
Petitioner Attempts Suicide Outside Government Offices in Beijing
"It was just past 2 p.m. on Mar. 14, while I was at the State Council petitions bureau," Lu Dongli, a petitioner from the northern province of Shaanxi, told RFA. "I saw an older man of about 60 who had just come out after filing his petition at the State Council."
China Bans Social Media Talk of Reporter's Viral Eye Roll
In the footage, reporter Liang Xiangyi of the Shanghai-based financial news service Yicai Media is seen looking at fellow journalist Zhang Huijun of a U.S.-based TV station with ties to Beijing, then rolling her eyes, as Zhang asks a 45-second question remarkable only for its lack of challenge to the official it is aimed at.
China's 'Revolutionary' Restructuring Gives More Power to Ruling Party
The "revolutionary" restructuring will merge several ministries, including financial services regulators overseeing the country's heavyweight banking and insurance sectors, media reports indicated.
'Independence For Guangzhou' Slogans Seen on Streets of Southern Chinese City
Graffiti phrases like "Independence for Guangzhou, Go Hong Kong!" have been photographed in a number of public places in the city, which is the provincial capital of Guangdong province, and lies at the heart of the Pearl River delta economic area.
China's Parliament 'Votes' To Allow President to Rule Indefinitely
"Revising part of the constitution is a major decision made by the ... Central Committee from the overall and strategic height of upholding and developing socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era," state news agency Xinhua quoted Xi as saying.
Pro-democracy Parties Lose Two Crucial Seats in Hong Kong Poll
Voters instead backed two pro-Beijing candidates for Legislative Council (LegCo) by-elections in one geographical and one professional constituency, after pan-democrats campaigned in the hope of a protest vote over the move.
China Sends Critics on Vacation Before Moving to Scrap Presidential Term Limit
And while the proposal has sparked controversy domestically and abroad, there has been little sign of opposition or even concern from delegates of China’s largely rubber-stamp National People’s Congress, who will vote on the decision at the upcoming meeting.
Hong Kong's Debarring of Pro-Democracy Lawmakers Casts Doubt on Poll: Report
The "political screening" of candidates and the erosion of the city's promised autonomy by intervention from the ruling Chinese Communist Party have cast doubt on the validity of the elections and violated the city's traditional rights and freedoms, a report from Hong Kong Watch said.
China on Track For 'Return to Mao Era' of Ideological Controls: Analysts
A draft amendment to China's constitution that will likely be passed by the rubber-stamp parliament, the National People's Congress (NPC) in the next few days will remove a two-term limit from the offices of president and vice president, paving the way for indefinite rule by Xi.
Chinese Women, Inspired by #MeToo Movement, Speak Out on Sexual Harassment
A survey of more than 400 female Chinese journalists found that more than 80 percent of them had been victims of sexual harassment in the workplace, report author and founder of the Anti-Sexual Harassment (ATSH) campaign group Sophina Huang said.
China Detains Former Prosecutor Who Criticized President's Plan For Unlimited Rule
Shen Liangqing, who has been a vocal critic of the government in recent years, was taken away by around 10 police officers from his home in Anhui's provincial capital Hefei on Tuesday evening, his son Shen Li said.
China Moves to Shutter Law Firm at Center of Crackdown on Rights Lawyers
In a "Notice of Administrative Penalty Hearing" sent to the firm on Monday, the Beijing municipal department of justice said Fengrui is suspected of having breached regulations governing law firms "to a serious degree."
Box Office Sales For 'My Country is Incredible' Soar After Party Orders Members to See Film
The ruling Chinese Communist Party has ordered its nearly 90 million members to watch a propaganda movie titled "My Country is Incredible," sending the nationwide box office ratings sky-high on the first day of its release in movie theaters, RFA has learned.
Hong Kong Fears For Its Freedoms As China's President Plans to Rule Indefinitely
Dozens of protesters took to the streets at the weekend, marching to the ruling Chinese Communist Party's central liaison office in the city, calling for the two-term limit on presidential office to be retained.
Dalai Lama Event Moved Out of Indian Capital
Sonam Dagpo, spokesman for the Tibetan exile government told VOA, “we came to know about the Indian government’s circular and we decided we respect the position and we shifted it to Dharamsala.”
Chinese Lawyers Speak Out Against Plans to End Presidential Term Limits
In an open letter this week to China's minister for justice Zhang Jun, dozens of lawyers called on the government to end its targeting of lawyers, especially those who criticize the planned changes to the constitution, which will pave the way for indefinite rule by President Xi Jinping.
China's Ruling Party in Nationwide Operation to Stop People Complaining About it
As 5,130 delegates, 153 of whom are listed the Hurun Report as "super-rich," headed to Beijing for the National People's Congress (NPC) and its advisory body the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), police were waiting with additional patrols and checkpoints to stop anyone with a complaint from getting into the capital.
Five Lawyers Write to Minister of Justice: Cease the Campaign-style Political Crackdown Against China’s Lawyers
There are also many, in particular human rights lawyers, who act with goodwill, out of a concern for the people and the country, and write to high officials of various ranks. In the end they often meet with trouble of various sorts — the loss of licences to practice law, or even the loss of their personal freedom and retribution of all kinds. A recent example is lawyer Yu Wensheng (余文生) who wrote to the National People’s Congress with suggestions about appointments, dismissals, and constitutional amendments.
Xi Jinping’s Abolition of the Term Limit Ruptures Assumptions of Party’s Adaptability and Stability
Even though the proposed removal of term limit is only the dropping of the other shoe, it caused a huge stir. Since yesterday, one can sense a certain desperation in every chat group on WeChat; searches for “yi-min” (immigration) spiked, and people have been discussing which countries they can flee to.
China Hones Censorship, Mutes Public Opposition to Indefinite Presidency
The planned changes, which will almost certainly be approved by China's parliament, the National People's Congress (NPC) next week, will pave the way for President Xi Jinping to remain in office indefinitely, prompting a public outcry which has been swiftly extinguished by government censors online.
China Places Outspoken Dissidents Under House Arrest Ahead of Parliament
The announcement last Sunday by the party's Central Committee that it wants to remove a two-term limit from the posts of president and vice-president, paving the way for incumbent Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely, has provoked strong opposition among the country's more outspoken dissidents and sparked a surge of renewed interest in overseas emigration.
Death of Human Rights Attorney Dr. Li Baiguang
We are saddened by the sudden death of Chinese human rights attorney Dr. Li Baiguang. Dr. Li Baiguang devoted his career to defending the rights of vulnerable peoples, including religious minority groups.
Chiang Kai-shek's Tomb Splattered With Red Paint As Taiwan Marks Massacre
Hundreds of protesters earlier took to the streets in a call for justice for the victims of a Feb. 28, 1947 massacre of local civilians in which an estimated 18,000 to 28,000 people died at the hands of Kuomintang, or Nationalist, troops.