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China's party congress

China's new Communist Party constitution mandates loyalty to Xi

Amendment stops short of cementing leader as 'core' of the party

Chinese newspapers report on the Communist Party's new Politburo Standing Committee. President Xi Jinping has further strengthened his grip on the party with its new constitution.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- The Chinese Communist Party's constitution now states that members must "uphold" President Xi Jinping's leadership, hinting that a tighter clampdown on dissent may be in the offing.

The charter declares that party members must "uphold Comrade Xi Jinping's core position" and "uphold the Central Committee's authority and its centralized, unified leadership," according to a revised version released Wednesday by the state-run Xinhua News Agency.

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