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Xi Jinping's quest for total control of China is just getting started

By Christian Shepherd and Eva Dou

05 Oct 2022 · 10 min read

Editor's Note

With the Chinese Communist Party congress set to take place on 16 October, here's a good profile on Xi Jinping focusing on his rise from an official in a tiny province to leading China.

As the summer of 1989 approached, a 35-year-old official in southern Fujian province named Xi Jinping was scrambling to contain local offshoots of nationwide protests that would become the biggest crisis for the Chinese Communist Party since Mao Zedong's rule.

Students were calling for democratic freedoms. They wanted an end to official corruption and censorship of the press.

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