Power grab strengthens Xi Jinping's influence on reforms

China's Communist Party has cleared the way for President Xi Jinping to rule for life, and in the process strengthened the state's "command and control" power over the world's second-largest economy.

Mr Xi's unparalleled power theoretically allows him to push through painful reforms in the face of recalcitrant vested interests, particularly in state-dominated sectors. The question is whether he intends to.

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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 'Power grab strengthens Xi's influence on reforms'. Print Edition | Subscribe