Strongman Xi casts a long shadow over China's future
China's paramount leader, Xi Jinping, looks stronger than ever. The Communist Party in late October named him a "core" leader, a distinction bestowed upon only a few of his predecessors -- Mao Zedong among them. It was a moment of triumph for Xi, who has unseated one political rival after another but remains locked in an intense power struggle.
The president cannot afford to become complacent. The economy continues to lose momentum. At the same time, Xi's anti-corruption campaign has triggered a backlash within the party. There is a risk that as his own power grows, it could undermine the Communists' ability to address the challenges the country faces.
With the leadership set for a reshuffle at next autumn's National Congress of the Communist Party, Xi is maneuvering to extend his dominance for years to come. This week, we look at what his strongman style means for the country, the region and the world.