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Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, put a lot of power in his own hands during the recent national congress. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

No successor needed: Xi Jinping's dream extends to 2035

China's factions align to enshrine leader's 'Thought'

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

BEIJING -- The Chinese Communist Party's twice-a-decade national congress commonly discusses the plans and visions for the upcoming five years. This time was different. 

Chinese President Xi Jinping had two dates in mind as he addressed the party members from the podium on Oct. 18 in a three-and-a-half-hour opening speech. Those dates are 2035 and 2049.

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