As expected, the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of China confirmed Xi Jinping’s third consecutive mandate as General Secretary, but there were some surprises. A key element of the Congress is the political report that identifies ideological “lines” and their policies, as much as the need shown by Xi to emphasise his core leadership in the three pillars of power. There was also a special warning about the current world context and preparing for the future. The war in Ukraine creates new risks for China as well as a geopolitical vacuum that Xi Jinping will try to fill.
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