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Xi Jinping shows his strength by muscling women away from power

Chinese Communist Party abandons symbolic traditional gestures toward equality

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New Politburo Standing Committee members at the Great Hall of the People on Oct. 23: Xi Jinping no longer feels any obligation to gesture toward gender equality.   © Reuters

Johanna Costigan is a junior fellow at the Center for China Analysis at the Asia Society Policy Institute in New York.

China's path toward becoming a modern socialist country, as officials describe their aim, has historically been framed as incorporating gender egalitarianism.

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