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Xi's agenda faces test at party conclave ahead of bid for third term

Security is tighter than last year at seaside Beidaihe

Chinese President Xi Jinping visits Xinjiang on July 13 in a trip that China watchers see as signaling key appointments at the ruling Communist Party's congress this autumn. (Xinhua via AP)

BEIJING -- Chinese President Xi Jinping's efforts to solidify his position ahead of this fall's Communist Party congress are nearing a major hurdle: a party conclave in the summer resort of Beidaihe.

The secretive retreat brings together party elders and top officials each August to discuss matters including appointments to high-level posts -- a crucial point for Xi as he prepares for a rare third term as the party's general secretary.

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