Xi's China Dream - its appeal and dangers

Whatever personnel and policy changes emerge from the 20th party congress, China's ambitions and revanchist ethnonationalist goals will endure.

A screen in Shanghai showing China’s President Xi Jinping speaking during the opening session of the 20th party congress on Sunday. PHOTO: AFP
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Barring being hit by a stray thunderbolt, in a few days Mr Xi Jinping will get a third term. That much is certain. The question is: What will he do with it?

The commentariat has gone into overdrive about possible personnel and policy changes that the 20th party congress may bring. Given China's geopolitical and economic importance, speculation is understandable but, in such an opaque system, somewhat futile.

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