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Xi Jinping is preparing the Communist Party to face new realities

Political report reflects worsened economic and diplomatic position

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Xi Jinping delivers his political report to the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party on Oct. 16: He offered his own recipe for party legitimacy and the country's economic survival.   © Xinhua/AP

Yu Jie is a senior research fellow on China in the Asia-Pacific program of international affairs think tank Chatham House in London.

In stark contrast to the aura of triumphant glory that greeted Xi Jinping at the last National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party in 2017, this week's convocation opened with an air of sobriety.

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