SINGAPORE -- The decision by Vietnam's ruling Communist Party to endorse General Secretary Nguyen Pho Trong as the country's next president is akin to China's shift to centralized rule under Xi Jinping -- albeit with more limitations.
The presidency has been vacant since last month's death of Tran Dai Quang, and Vietnam's National Assembly is expected to rubber-stamp Trong as the replacement during a monthlong session starting on Oct. 22.
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