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2020 look ahead: China faces up to tough regional challenges

South China Sea, Belt and Road Initiative and Taiwan are all on Xi's to-do list

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China has unleashed its armada of coast guard.   © Visual China Group/Getty Images

Twenty-nineteen showed how much difference a year can make to the fate and self-perception of even the greatest and most ambitious powers. It also marked the toughest year in the political career of Xi Jinping, China's de facto president for life.

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