President Xi Jinping’s plan to scrap term limits, due to be formally signed off during China’s annual meeting of parliament starting on Monday, sits uneasily with the country’s new middle classes.

But in Nanjie, a communist model village frozen in time in central China, the move is being celebrated with the kind of zeal expected of a community that still clings to the dogma of Beijing’s last lifetime ruler – Mao Tse-tung.

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