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China needs more 'Xi Jinping thought,' party document says

Party plenum paves way for high-tech surveillance and online opinion control

Buglers perform at a national flag-raising ceremony in Beijing's Tian'anmen Square.    © Xinhua

BEIJING -- China's Communist Party will mobilize big data, artificial intelligence and online technology to solidify one-party rule and educate the public on President Xi Jinping's socialism ideology, a policy document released Tuesday after last week's party plenum shows.

The Central Committee's policy decisions reveal Xi doubling down on the consolidation of power amid the greatest challenges of his tenure: an intractable trade war with the U.S. and mass pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

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