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Pundits say Xi doesn’t plan to rule for life, but there’s no successor in sight

Analysts are in agreement that Chinese President Xi Jinping will not anoint a successor this time. PHOTO: REUTERS
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BEIJING - There is already no question in anyone's mind that President Xi Jinping will be assured of a third term as the Communist Party of China's general secretary at its 20th congress.

Analysts are also in agreement that Mr Xi will not anoint a successor this time, another norm he will break as he continues his hold on power for five, more likely 10, but possibly even 15 years more.

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