Fifty years ago, China was a totalitarian state – there was nothing outside of the party: no civil society, no market economy, and no companies. The country was completely isolated from the outside world. China now is extremely different, and President Xi Jinping has an international community to be responsible to. However, one question is, how long is Xi Jinping in power for? Ten years – or for life?

Francesco Sisci is an Italian sinologist, author and columnist who lives and works in Beijing. He works for the Catholic research center

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