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China's party congress

Xi vows never to renounce use of force to 'reunify' with Taiwan

Chinese leader underlines 'safety' and 'security' in National Congress speech

Chinese leader Xi Jinping speaks at the opening ceremony of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.  (Photo by Yusuke Hinata)

BEIJING -- Xi Jinping opened the Chinese Communist Party's twice-a-decade National Congress on Sunday by pledging to never renounce using force to take control of Taiwan while championing a clampdown on Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement.

In a sweeping speech to nearly 2,300 party members at Beijing's Great Hall of the People, the Chinese president's address was laden with references to strengthening the "socialist democracy," modernizing the world's No. 2 economy and building a top-class military.

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