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China resolution enshrining Xi scraps ban on 'personality cults'

President's achievements comprise over half of pivotal Communist Party document

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at the Communist Party Central Committee plenum on Nov. 11. He is expected to start a third term as party leader in 2022. (Xinhua via AP)

BEIJING -- The Chinese Communist Party dropped its long-standing ban on personality cults in a landmark resolution issued Tuesday, raising concerns that the elevation of President Xi Jinping as a revered leader could further erode the party's "collective leadership" arrangement.

Roughly two-thirds of the 36,000-word document is devoted to Xi's achievements during his tenure, cementing his place in party history and setting him up for a rare third term and possibly lifelong rule.

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