China’s Xi joins Russia, Zimbabwe in global autocrat club

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, looks as he and leaders arrive for a plenary session of the National People’s Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Sunday, March 11, 2018. China’s rubber-stamp lawmakers on Sunday passed a historic constitutional amendment abolishing presidential term limits that will enable Xi to rule indefinitely. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

BEIJING — With China’s rubber-stamp parliament voting to allow President Xi Jinping to stay in power indefinitely, recent history offers sobering lessons to the country’s ruling Communist Party.