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China's party congress

The world according to Xi: security, socialism and soldiers

Congress speech 'less about dreams and more about potential dangers ahead'

Chinese President Xi Jinping's speech on Sunday was closely watched by many.    © Xinhua/Kyodo

BEIJING -- Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Sunday delivered a nearly two-hour speech to open the Communist Party's National Congress, the country's top leadership event.

The 69-year-old's sweeping remarks touched on everything from opposition to Taiwan's independence and building up China's military to Beijing's virus policies and the shaky state of the world's No. 2 economy. China's "common prosperity" strategy to reduce inequality also featured prominently.

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