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China’s President Xi Jinping confirms he will stay in power



Breaking with a decades-long precedent, China’s President Xi Jinping has confirmed that he will remain in power for at least another five years.

This means that he could, in theory, make himself leader for life.

This news comes after Xi has already ruled China for 10 years. During his time in power, he has overseen the country’s transformation into an economic powerhouse, while also increasing its military might. However, he has also been accused of consolidating power and cracking down on dissent.

What does this mean for China? And what could the implications be for the rest of the world? Let’s take a closer look.

What this means for China

Xi’s confirmation that he will remain in power essentially means that China is moving away from the collective leadership model that has been in place since the days of Mao Zedong. Under this model, Chinese leaders have been typically limited to two five-year terms in order to prevent them from amassing too much power.

By removing this limit, Xi is effectively able to stay in power for as long as he likes.

This move is widely seen as an effort by Xi to further consolidate his power and cement his legacy. And it’s a move that is likely to maintain stability in China, at least in the short-term.

After all, Xi is widely popular among the Chinese people and is seen as someone who has brought economic prosperity and increased international clout to the country.

However, there are also those who worry that this move could lead to greater authoritarianism and a less stable China in the long run. Only time will tell how this plays out.

What this means for the rest of the world

China is currently the world’s second-largest economy and is projected to overtake the United States as the largest within a decade. It also has a significant military presence and is increasingly asserting itself on the global stage. So whatever happens within China definitely has implications for the rest of us.

Some experts believe that Xie’s consolidation of power could lead to greater external assertiveness from China.

We could see China become more aggressive in territorial disputes, such as those involving the South China Sea; we might see the country take a more protectionist approach to trade, or we could witness a more forceful projection of Chinese soft power through things like its Belt and Road Initiative.

On the other hand, others believe that Xi’s continued rule could lead to greater stability both within and without China, as predictability is often seen as a good thing in international relations.

President Xi Jinping’s confirmation that he will remain in power for at least another five years comes as a surprise to many, as it breaks with a decades-long precedent limiting the terms of Chinese leaders. What does this mean for China? And what could the implications be for the rest of us? Only time will tell.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.


How much does it cost to raise a Kardashian-West child?



Kanye West’s hit song comes to fruition as Kim Kardashian receives a jaw dropping amount in child support

Many are surprised by exactly how much it costs to raise a Kardashian-West child. For some, it far exceeds what they would earn in an entire year, but Kanye West coughs up $200,000 per month in child support.

Child support is to ensure the children’s lives are not disrupted by separation. Perhaps, this figure is to keep up with their lavish lifestyles. The amount was finalised as part of Kardashian and West’s divorce settlement.

It’s also been confirmed both West and Kardashian will have equal access to their four children. In addition to this costly monthly pay, West is responsible for paying 50% of the children’s educational and security expenses.

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Wife killer Chris Dawson receives 24 years behind bars



Chris Dawson will serve 24 years behind bars for murdering his wife nearly 40 years ago

Former school teacher, Chris Dawson has maintained his innocence as he was sentenced to 24 years behind bars for the 1982 murder of his then-wife Lynette.

The 74-year-old was found guilty of murdering Dawson to continue a relationship with his high school babysitter.

In the New South Wales Supreme Court, Justice Ian Harrison says Lynette Dawson was “faultless” and “undeserving of her fate”.

Harrison described the murder as an “objectively very serious crime”.

Meanwhile, her family has previously the court Dawson is a “conniving monster”.

Dawson will be eligible for parole after 18 years when he will be 92.

His legal team argued there was an explanation for her disappearance, after she learned of his actions with the family’s teenage babysitter, JC, who he married.

The former rugby league player did not give evidence.

He claimed his wife called him after failing to arrive for a meeting in January 1982.

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Police given power to use killer robots



San Francisco officials have voted in favour of rolling out potentially lethal robots in some situations

Police robots could be hitting San Francisco streets after lawmakers approved the use of robots, which could “incapacitate or disorient violent, armed, or dangerous suspect[s]”.

The two-hour debate finished with an 8-3 ruling to deploy the robots, which are equipped with explosive charges in some cases.

San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) spokesperson, Allison Maxie said the robots will be used when lives are at stake.

“Robots equipped in this manner would only be used in extreme circumstances to save or prevent further loss of innocent lives.”

Officials expressed concern over civil liberties and the scope for police oversight when these robots are deployed.

Supervisor Connie Chan said “it’s definitely not an easy discussion.”

Ms Chan is a member of the committee, who pushed the proposal to the board for debate.

SFPD said it is not planning to arm the robots with guns. However, the robots will be able to kill “when risk of loss of life to members of the public or officers is imminent and officers cannot subdue the threat after using alternative force options or de-escalation tactics.”

The proposal was changed to clarify officers could only use the robots after other strategies and de-escalation tactics had be tried.

San Francisco law enforcement agencies use a range of robots to detect bombs and help authorities in situations with low visibility.

The nearby Oakland Police Department has parted ways with a similar policy after widespread public backlash.

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