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Chinese Communist Party elders no longer cause President Xi Jinping as much anxiety as they once did, though they can still criticize him for a few days every summer. (Nikkei Montage/Source photos by AFP/Jiji and AP) 
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Will China's secretive conclave be held this summer?

'Beidaihe' is the one assembly that poses a risk to Xi Jinping's rule

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- China's annual "Beidaihe meeting" will arrive in two weeks or so, kicking off the country's most heated political season.

Although people call it a "meeting," it is nothing more than an informal gathering of political figures to exchange views.

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