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China to solidify Xi's grip on power at annual congress

Legislative session expected to be the longest since 1993

Paramilitary police in Beijing ahead of the National People's Congress session.

BEIJING -- China is slated to remove presidential term limits and adopt other measures to cement leader Xi Jinping's hold on power at an annual legislative session kicking off Monday.

The upcoming National People's Congress meeting, slated to last for 16 days, will be the longest since 1993, according to Chinese news media. The rubber-stamp congress will revise the national constitution to allow Xi to stay on past the 2023 end of his term, endorse new appointments and approve government reform centering on the creation of an anti-corruption watchdog.

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