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Chinese President Xi Jinping (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

China's Xi maneuvers to extend his reign

As 'core' leader, the president may try to break retirement rules

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

BEIJING -- In any large organization, the top leader's influence can erode if an heir apparent emerges. The Chinese Communist Party is no exception, but Xi Jinping is now fighting to avoid that fate.

The 63-year-old Chinese president, who also heads the ruling party as general secretary, is facing a moment of truth ahead of a leadership reshuffle this autumn.

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