Uncle Xi’s treasure trove

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The party congress has bolstered XI’s power, but everything hangs on his ability to distribute the newfound wealth. That’s why he needs the rest of the world.

If the Chinese consider China to be the Middle Kingdom and the true centre of the world, then the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) can by the same token undoubtedly claim to be at the centre of China, the pivot around which every aspect of life in the vast country turns. This would lead one to conclude, somewhat hazardously perhaps, that the centre of the world is currently to be found in the midst of the CCP.

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