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President Xi puts China in crisis mode, even as his continuing rule is secure

People watch the live speech of Chinese President Xi Jinping during the opening session of the 20th Chinese Communist Party Congress, in Hangzhou, in China’s eastern Zhejiang province. PHOTO: AFP
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BEIJING - In President Xi Jinping's political report at the opening of the 20th national congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), there was no dearth of justification for him to secure a rare third five-year term.

Mr Xi had no qualms about patting himself and the party on the back for a job well done in the past 10 years of his rule - from the economy to the environment, from battling Covid-19 to corruption, from modernising the military to sinicising Marxism, and from poverty to prosperity, albeit moderate.

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