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Xi set to restore Mao-era CPC chairman post

Sources say president will propose changes to elders at Beidaihe meeting

Chinese President Xi Jinping stands on a military jeep as he inspects troops of the People's Liberation Army during a military parade in China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on July 30. (Xinhua via AP)

BEIJING -- In a bid to further reinforce his power base, Communist Party of China General Secretary Xi Jinping will propose restoring the post of chairman of the Central Committee of the CPC at a key meeting to be convened shortly. 

Xi, who also serves as president of the state, will make the proposal at the Beidaihe meeting, an annual informal summit of current and retired leaders, held at the coastal summer resort in Hebei Province near Beijing.

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