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China's leader now wields formidable power. Who will say no to him?

By Chris Buckley, Keith Bradsher and Chang Che

24 Oct 2022 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

China’s most powerful leader in decades, President Xi Jinping, increased his dominance Sunday when he secured a third term and promoted loyalists in the party elite, the New York Times reports.

When China’s leader, Xi Jinping, led six dark-suited men onto a bright red stage Sunday, the scale of his victory became clear as one by one he introduced the country’s new ruling inner circle. Each was an acolyte of Xi, making his grip over China’s future tighter than ever.

Xi’s groundbreaking third term as leader, following a weeklong Communist Party congress, was entirely expected. But even seasoned observers who thought that they had taken the full measure of Xi have been astonished by how thoroughly he shook up the party’s top tiers.

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