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As vice president, Wang Qishan will play a crucial role in negotiations with the U.S. (Photo by Kosaku Mimura).
China People's Congress 2018

Xi-Wang axis to challenge US for economic supremacy

Indefinite hold on power a major test for current world order

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer

BEIJING -- Having cleared the way to remain president of China indefinitely and installed a trusted ally as his right-hand man, Xi Jinping will now focus on making his country the world's largest economy by 2035.

In what was widely seen as a foregone conclusion, China's National People's Congress on Saturday unanimously re-elected Xi. Wang Qishan was made vice president, with one lone dissenting vote opposing his appointment.

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