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Chinese leader Xi Jinping, center, filled the Politburo Standing Committee with loyalists at last week's 20th Communist Party Congress in Beijing. (Photo by Yusuke Hinata)
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Xi's clean sweep: China marks new era with loyalist lineup

New standing committee shows party and the world Xi will brook no dissent in third term

RICHARD MCGREGOR, Contributing writer | China

Ordinarily, it makes for unmatched political theater in an otherwise gray and opaque system: the moment when China's ruling Communist Party unveils its new leadership at the close of its congress.

This time around, however, the ceremony at Beijing's Great Hall of the People parading the newly selected inner sanctum of the Politburo had only one star, Xi Jinping.

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