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China's Xi: Party must eliminate 'virus' and remain backbone of nation

President vows to further open up economy and lead 'world's largest party'

KEN MORIYASU, Nikkei Asian Review chief desk editor

TOKYO -- Embarking on his second term as leader of the Chinese Communist Party, with a team of loyalists around him, President Xi Jinping is in a strong position to put his stamp on China's development. 

In a press conference on Wednesday, he vowed to continue former paramount leader Deng Xiaoping's economic reforms while strengthening the party so it can remain the "backbone" of the nation forever. He pledged to continue his anti-corruption campaign, saying the party needs to "rid" itself of any "virus" that threatens its integrity.

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