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Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives for the opening of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China on Oct. 18 in Beijing. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

Five things to know about Xi Jinping's keynote speech

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DEBBY WU, Nikkei staff writer and KENJI KAWASE, Business and Market News editor, Nikkei Asian Review | China

BEIJING -- Chinese President Xi Jinping kicked off the Communist Party's twice-a-decade congress Wednesday with a 3 1/2-hour keynote speech. In it, he reflected on the progress made during the five years of his first term and outlined a blueprint for the country in his second term and beyond.

While Xi touched upon a wide range of topics in the exceptionally lengthy address, we are highlighting five excerpts from his words followed by brief commentaries.

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