China's new president and head of the Communist Party Xi Jinping attends a signing ceremony with his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas, not pictured, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, May 6. This week, in a salvo of strongly worded articles in the official press, conservatives launched a new offensive against the idea of constitutional rule. Reformers cringed, and the Internet lit up in angry response.
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A movement in China to make the Communist Party subordinate to the national constitution has conservatives fighting back.