News analysis

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'. Subscribe