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Longer reign will allow Xi to boost China's clout

With President Xi Jinping potentially staying in power longer, China's influence in South-east Asia and the rest of Asia is set to expand, say analysts.

In the next 10 to 20 years, the region could see a stronger and more assertive China that seeks to play a bigger role in political, economic, security and cultural affairs as a regional leader, they say.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 27, 2018, with the headline 'Longer reign will allow Xi to boost China's clout'. Print Edition | Subscribe