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Strongman Xi Jinping is here to stay

The transition of power in China is set to change as the leadership moves to lift a two-term limit on its presidency.

It will allow Chinese President Xi Jinping to continue to hold the trinity roles of head of state, party leader and military chief for an unlimited period of time.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 28, 2018, with the headline 'Strongman Xi is here to stay'. Print Edition | Subscribe