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A giant TV screen in Hong Kong showing President Xi Jinping.   © Reuters

Xi tightens grip on power, but to what end?

Chinese leader should use authority for betterment of country, not party

TETSUSHI TAKAHASHI, Head of Nikkei's China Headquarters | China

BEIJING -- Chinese President Xi Jinping has entered his second term as party leader with power and clout rivaling that of Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping, leaving the world wondering just what he plans to do with it.

Beijing was filled with unabashed praise for Xi during the twice-a-decade Communist Party congress this month, including paeans to his "outstanding ingenuity and far-sighted stratagems" and "boundless love."

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