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China's top two diplomats, Yang Jiechi, left, and Wang Yi, right, are set to leave their positions within the year. President Xi Jinping hopes to override retirement norms and rule for a third five-year term.    © Nikkei montage/Source photos by Getty Images, Reuters
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The next wolf warriors: China readies new generation of tough diplomats

As party congress looms, Xi Jinping set to replace foreign policy leadership

RICHARD MCGREGOR and NEIL THOMAS, contributing writers | China

Xi Jinping is expected to win a third five-year term at a Chinese Communist Party conclave in Beijing later this year, a mark of the Chinese leader's ruthless determination to upend retirement conventions and rule for life.

In foreign policy, a very different story will unfold, with the country's two most senior diplomats preparing to step down in what will be the largest turnover of top personnel in the sector for decades.

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