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Xi prepares to tighten grip on power at party congress

Chinese president aims to pack top leadership with allies at October event

China's twice-a-decade party congress is slated to begin Oct. 18 this year.   © Kyodo

BEIJING -- China's Communist Party is gearing up for the upcoming congress that will determine the party's leadership and overall direction for the next five years, giving President Xi Jinping a golden opportunity to fortify his position for his second term.

The twice-a-decade event is slated to begin Oct. 18, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Thursday. The roughly weeklong meeting will follow a plenary session of the party's Central Committee on Oct. 11.

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