... Or something close to it. Any takes on Xi's grab for consolidation of absolute power? He makes Putin look like a gnat and it matters because within the next couple of decades the PRC is on course to usurp the United States economically, militarily, scientifically and technologically unless there's some very serious redressing done immediately. In a lot of ways, it's essentially making what already exists official by way of constitutional amendment and it would seem has overwhelming support - from the party governing the one-party superpower state. Nevertheless, over Xi's first five years in office the PRC's economy has expanded by more than 50 percent, created 66 million new urban jobs and lifted 68 million people from poverty. China is of course, a homogeneous 'civilization-state' of ruthless national ambition and zero time for the sort of often daft domestic sociopolitical offerings the Western world perpetually eats its own face over and people moan incessantly about, but the flipside is pretty dark.