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The Xi Factor

Xi Jinping is now China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, and he appears to be planning to rule just as long.  As determined, ruthless, and clever as Xi is, can he maintain his grip should the economy stall, or his dream of returning China to a central place in world affairs fail?

Xi Jinping Kevin Frayer/Getty Images
China's Communist Party Congress Nicolas Asfouri/Getty Images
Television sets showing a news report on Xi Jinping's speech Anthony Wallace/Getty Images
People walk past a poster of Chinese President Xi Jinping Greg Baker/Getty Images;

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