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Xi’s Core Status Reaffirmed as Party Unveils Congress Invitees

  • Some 2,300 delegates invited to Beijing huddle next month
  • List brings Chinese leader close to third term in power
Xi Jinping in Samarkand on Sept. 16.

Xi Jinping in Samarkand on Sept. 16.

Photographer: Sergei Bobylyov/Sputnik/AFP/Getty Images

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China’s Communist Party reaffirmed President Xi Jinping as its core, as it published the list of delegates invited to attend next month’s landmark twice-a-decade leadership summit.

The ruling party has selected 2,296 delegates from around the nation to attend the 20th Party Congress, the official Xinhua News Agency reported on Sunday. The announcement of the list brings Xi another step closer to clinching a precedent-defying third term in power at the pivotal event, which begins Oct. 16 in Beijing.