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Taiwan tensions

Xi poised to build support on Taiwan with senior military picks

Chinese leader expected to fill 4 top vacancies with loyalists during congress

Chinese troops march during the Vostok 2022 military exercise at a firing range in Russia's Far East on Aug. 31. (Handout photo from the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service)   © AP

BEIJING -- Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to stack the country's senior military leadership during next month's Communist Party congress with loyalists aligned on his goal of unifying Taiwan and the mainland.

Xi serves concurrently as general secretary of the Communist Party and chair of the Central Military Commission, the top decision-making body for the armed forces. Four of the commission's seven members are due to retire at the twice-a-decade congress in mid-October.

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