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As the Chinese Communist Party celebrates its centennial, not a single challenger is on the horizon, not to the general secretary nor the system itself.   © Illustration by Eric Chow
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The lives of the party: The Chinese Communist Party turns 100

Xi is the strongest leader in a generation. But is his strength the CCP's greatest weakness?

RICHARD MCGREGOR, Contributing writer | China

City streets have been secured. History books scrubbed. Articles and television specials prepped, and leaders at every level of government readied for their solemn, teary close-ups. For the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party, nothing will have been left to chance.

The newly formed CCP first met in Shanghai in mid-1921. The precise date is murky, and July 1 was chosen by Mao Zedong years later when he could not remember exactly when the 13 comrades had held their conclave.

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