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Xi sets new rules and goals to extend reign as China's leader

Communist secretary general tightens grip with eye on 2022 party congress

BEIJING -- Xi Jinping, China's president and general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, is further consolidating his power as he sets his sights on a third term at the party's twice-a-decade national congress in 2022.

Earlier this year, Xi's plans to extend his reign faced headwinds due to the spread of COVID-19. But by bringing the virus outbreak under control fairly quickly -- in contrast to Western countries' flailing efforts -- Xi has turned those headwinds into tail winds.

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