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China’s New ‘Starting Point’ Shows Xi Jinping Is Here to Stay

  • Senior Communist Party officials brief after summit wraps
  • Past wrongs have been dealt with, party is looking to future
A news broadcast of Xi Jinping at a mall in Beijing on Nov. 11.
A news broadcast of Xi Jinping at a mall in Beijing on Nov. 11.Photographer: Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images
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President Xi Jinping appeared more certain than ever to rule China well into the current decade, as senior Communist Party officials declared that the country had reached a new “historical starting point” under his leadership. 

A rare resolution passed earlier this week by the party’s Central Committee confirmed that Xi’s “original ideas” and “transformative practices” had led China into a new era, Wang Xiaohui, executive vice propaganda minister told a briefing Friday in Beijing. The declaration, which had not been released in full as of Friday afternoon, suggested that Xi, 68, was just getting started as his second five-year term as party leader winds down.