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>> This weekend, Xi Jinping is set to become the most powerful Chinese leader since Chairman Mao. And with that, Beijing has mowed down any hopes in China for grassroots activism. On Sunday, Beijing is expected to end presidential term limits, allowing Xi to remain in office indefinitely. At an annual political summit in the capital delegates say ordinary Chinese are happy to scrap limits on a leader of Xi's caliber.
But Reuters' Christian Shepherd says for many, Xi's rule was already characterized by crackdowns and censorship.>> Rights activists are really worried about the prospect of another at least five years of Xi Jinping ruling China, because this might mean an extension of his hardline policies towards dissidence. China's rights activists are often intrinsically a very optimistic bunch but this latest news is really come as a shock to many of them and they are beginning to lose some of the hope that they kept for so many years.
> To say it's a period of low tide is even putting it lightly, it will be more like a freeze where not one inch of grass has grown. A barren period for a very long time.>> So-called rights defenders like journalist say Xi's rule has become the most severe crackdown on activism since the deadly crushing of the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests in Beijing.
>> In the summer of 2015, there was a sweeping roundup of many of these activists, and also rights lawyers, with so many silenced. It's becoming increasingly hard for their supporters to think of how the next generation could arise.>> The change in term limits seems to have stamped out any last hope.
After the news broke a lot of people started to search for terms like immigration on the Chinese Internet. Suggesting many are looking to escape China rather than stay and fight the causes they find so important.