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Pelosi's Taiwan visit is just what Xi needed for the beach

Chinese president will have freer hand on personnel and party issues

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President Xi Jinping inspects troops of the People's Liberation Army in Hong Kong in 2017. His power base in the army could give him the extra boost within the party to wrap up negotiations and call an early congress.   © Reuters

Diana Choyleva is chief economist of Enodo Economics, a macroeconomic and political forecasting company in London.

Early August is the time of year when Chinese leaders gather with retired top officials at the pretty northern seaside resort town of Beidaihe to exchange views and discuss upcoming personnel changes.

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