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  • As soon as China announced it would remove term limits

  • on the presidency, its censors and propaganda machine

  • kicked into gear.

  • The surprise move would clear the way for Xi Jinping

  • to stay in power indefinitely.

  • It's a break from China's decades-old rules

  • to prevent power from being too centralized around one person.

  • In China, the most important political announcements

  • are made through the state-owned news organizations.

  • This explosive news was announced by Xinhua news agency

  • on Sunday in the afternoon.”

  • So how did officials try to spin the news?

  • On Weibo, China's version of Twitter, China.com

  • published this video focusing on the central role

  • of the president.

  • In the face of the complicated domestic and international

  • situation, this will further promote

  • the sustainable development of various great causes.”

  • China Central Television ran a similar editorial,

  • stating thatthe people love their dear leader.”

  • Global Times, a Chinese daily, published an editorial

  • recommending that peoplefirmly support the

  • constitution amendment suggestion, which is both the rational choice

  • and our belief.”

  • But the same day, it published an editorial

  • that depicted the news in a softer light,

  • saying, “The change doesn't mean that the Chinese president will

  • have a lifelong tenure.”

  • The People's Liberation Army Daily

  • is the voice of the military.

  • It published a write-up saying that soldiers

  • and armed policemen all support the decision.

  • "President Xi Jinping has consolidated

  • his control of the army, and all of the soldiers

  • are supporting him 100 percent."

  • State-run media tried to control the narrative in Hong Kong, too.

  • That video was made by the Ta Kung Pao.

  • It's a pro-Beijing Hong Kong newspaper.

  • And I think the most important part of the video

  • is trying to let people know that the Chinese constitution

  • actually had been changed four times

  • in the past several decades.

  • So it's not a big deal.

  • So people don't need to freak out.”

  • But not everyone was on board.

  • Chinese citizens took to social media networks

  • to voice their disagreements.

  • One user said he couldn't use the worddisagreeon Weibo,

  • because it was apparently a violation

  • of the social platform's terms.

  • But perhaps not surprisingly, those comments

  • were swiftly removed from the web.

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    Samuel posted on 2018/03/13
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