China’s Xi doubles down in triumphalist Congress speech

SpaceWar.com reports: “Chinese President Xi Jinping doubled down on his policies at the opening of the Communist Party Congress, pledging continuity on cornerstones of his decade in power as he seeks to secure a historic third term, analysts say.

Since coming to office, Xi has transformed China by personalising and centralising power, cracking down on corruption and dissent, pushing a more assertive foreign policy and promoting domestic self-reliance in technology and the economy.

Despite alluding to challenges in his speech on Sunday, Xi projected an image of an innovative and strong China, progressing on its own terms and unlikely to change in the coming five-year term.

His report to the Congress ‘was unambiguously about continuity’, tweeted Joseph Torigian of the American University’s School of International Service…”

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