The National People’s Congress of China voted, Sunday, 2,958 to 2, approving an amendment to the Constitution abolishing the presidential term limit, a striking shift in Chinese politics. The decision allows current President Xi Jinping to continue his hardline authoritarian rule indefinitely and put the Communist party’s agenda at the heart of Chinese life.
Following President Trump’s acceptance of the invitation for talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, CIA Director Mike Pompeo says the administration has its eyes ‘wide open’ regarding North Korea’s history of empty promises. Trump, potentially the first US president to meet a North Korean leader, says it could produce the ‘greatest deal for the world.’
The Russian Defense Ministry announced it successfully launched an ‘invincible’ hypersonic missile. Russian President Vladimir Putin described the Kinzhal missile as an ‘ideal weapon,’ earlier this month. The launch of the missile, which is designed to hit targets on the ground and at sea, comes about a week before the expected re-election of Putin.
Following President Trump’s announcement of new tariffs on aluminum and steel imports, US Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer met with EU and Japanese colleagues, Saturday, who urged ‘calm-headed behavior’ and pushed to be granted exemptions from the new tariffs. Trump said Thursday, countries with a ‘security relationship’ with the US can push to be excluded.
Cubans voted in a one party, general election on Sunday as the country prepares to be led by someone other than a Castro for the first time in nearly 60 years. US leaders of the Cuban exile community believe the process is a fraud to legitimize a dictatorship and have asked President Trump not to recognize the results.
Former White House senior staffer Stephen Bannon made a surprise appearance at France’s far-right National Front party conference, Saturday. Bannon energized the crowd, saying ‘Let them call you racists,’ and ‘history is on our side.’ National Front leader Marine Le Pen proposed a new party name, Rassemblement National, pending approval in the coming weeks.