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Beijing Winter Olympics

Xi bets on another successful Beijing Olympics to cement legacy

Years of planning paves way for a second Games in China's capital

Olympic staffers record a Lunar New Year message at a ski venue in Yanqing. Beijing will be the first city to host both a Summer and Winter Olympics when the upcoming Games officially open on Feb. 4.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- With just days to go before the Beijing Games officially open on Friday, Chinese President Xi Jinping's yearslong plan to cement his third term in power by hosting a successful Olympics is finally coming to fruition.

Everything is falling into place after six years of preparations, Xi told International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach on Jan. 25, stressing that the Winter Games would proceed as scheduled. China has imposed strict restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus to ensure the Games' success.

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