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Xi Jinping's position is secure but growing gloom will have impact

Mounting economic worries could shape Communist Party congress discussion

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Xi Jinping attends a dinner reception on the eve of the National Day holiday in Beijing on Sept. 30: It remains unclear whether he will be able to pack the highest circles of party leadership with his allies.   © AP

Nathan Levine is assistant director of the Center for China Analysis at the Asia Society Policy Institute in Washington. Johanna Costigan is a junior fellow at the center.

A week ago, Western social media platforms were flooded with lurid rumors that Chinese President Xi Jinping had been deposed in a coup.

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