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2022-08-09T16:32:15.971Z

ANALYSIS – The Chinese president intends to consolidate his power as the Party congress scheduled for the fall approaches.



Correspondent in Asia

Final bell for Xi Jinping before extending his long-term reign.

The Chinese president sounded the general mobilization of the communist regime on the eve of the Party Congress, which will be held

"at a crucial moment"

this fall, against a backdrop of geopolitical tensions with the United States, slowing growth and epidemic recovery.

The "Red Prince" dramatized the stakes of the most important five-year political meeting of the second world power in an offensive campaign speech.

On July 27, he praised his record in front of more than two hundred senior executives gathered in Beijing, already paving the way for a fourth term beyond 2027.

"We must hold high the banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics"

for the next five years,

"and beyond"

, asserted this son of a fellow traveler of Mao in a triumphalist tone.

"The past five years have been extraordinary, and we have effectively led the Chinese people...

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Source: lefigaro

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