In China, the Only Real Question Now Is, ‘What Will Xi Do?’

In China, the Only Real Question Now Is, ‘What Will Xi Do?’
Chinese President Xi Jinping, front row center, stands with his cadres at the closing ceremony for the 19th Party Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Oct. 24, 2017 (AP photo by Ng Han Guan).

The Chinese Communist Party’s national congress kicks off this weekend, with uncertainty surrounding all but one of the anticipated outcomes: Xi Jinping is expected to be renamed party chairman for a third term. Any other questions have been subordinated to the overriding through-line of Chinese politics these days: What will Xi do?

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