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The World Ahead

Biden faces a China with world in its grip under an ambitious Xi

Beijing's belligerent stance is a headache for democracies

Chinese President Xi Jinping has been laying out his plans and vision of a China-centric world since earlier this year.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- Chinese President Xi Jinping is probably the only national leader in the world who has managed to consolidate power despite facing the threat of the novel coronavirus.

Helped by the Chinese Communist Party's authoritarian one-party rule, he will continue to wield power as the country's supreme leader over the next five years.

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