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An end-of-year Communist Party Politburo meeting lavished praise on General Secretary Xi Jinping's handling of a once-in-a-century crisis, blaming any problems on outside forces. (Nikkei Montage/ Source photo by Reuters and Xinhua/ Kyodo) 
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KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- At the end of last year, the Chinese Communist Party held an important two-day meeting of the powerful 25-member Politburo.

In details carried in the Chinese language report by Xinhua News Agency, but not in the English article, the Politburo summarized the current times as a "once in a hundred years" period of great change. To face the complex risks at home and abroad, the report said Chinese President and Party General Secretary Xi Jinping is "standing on a high place looking out, taking in the overall situation, has made a series of important scientific judgments and put forward a series of major strategies," and has shown a "superb skill in the art of political leadership."

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