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Will China's party congress reveal successor to Xi?

Talk of fourth term for general secretary puts 1965-and-later group in play

Chinese President Xi Jinping is seen as all but guaranteed to secure a third term as Communist Party leader at the upcoming party congress.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- As next month's Chinese Communist Party congress approaches, speculation is heating up as to whether this time President Xi Jinping will position potential candidates to succeed him after his all-but-guaranteed third term as the party's general secretary.

The once-in-five-years event is expected to bring at least two new appointments to the elite Politburo Standing Committee, a stint on which is a must for any future party leaders.

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