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China Vows to Stop US From Disrupting Xi’s Big Party Congress

  • Yang Jiechi also says Beijing must promote ties with Moscow
  • China’s ruling party plans to hold major congress this year
A screen displays a live news broadcast of Xi Jinping at the National People's Congress in Beijing, China, on March 5.

A screen displays a live news broadcast of Xi Jinping at the National People's Congress in Beijing, China, on March 5.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

China’s most senior diplomat vowed to counter any perceived US efforts to disrupt a once-in-five-year Communist Party meeting at which President Xi Jinping is set to secure a precedent-breaking third term.

Beijing should “resolutely respond to any words and deeds by Washington to suppress and contain China” before the 20th party congress later this year, Yang Jiechi wrote in a front-page commentary in People’s Daily on Monday. Without naming the US, he also said “some individual country” was striving to “maintain its hegemony,” a common reference to America.