Xi Jinping politically stronger than ever: Sources

Politburo, party leaders back him at recent retreat despite Sino-US trade war, HK crisis

Sources from the Beidaihe meeting say President Xi Jinping is politically stronger, China is more stable and all comrades expressed support for him.
Sources from the Beidaihe meeting say President Xi Jinping is politically stronger, China is more stable and all comrades expressed support for him.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

President Xi Jinping has emerged from an annual conclave of top and retired leaders politically stronger and unscathed by the trade and tech war with the United States and the deepening crisis in Hong Kong, two sources with ties to the Chinese leadership said.

If anything, the trade war and three months of unrest in the former British colony have only galvanised the top leadership, the party sources said, requesting anonymity.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 31, 2019, with the headline 'Xi politically stronger than ever: Sources'. Subscribe