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Xi’s Problems Are Piling Up at Home and Abroad

US President Joe Biden listens while meeting virtually with Xi Jinping, China’s president.

US President Joe Biden listens while meeting virtually with Xi Jinping, China’s president.

Photographer: Sarah Silbiger/UPI/Getty Images

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s hopes for stability ahead of a historic Communist Party congress are quickly dwindling.

His country’s economic slowdown deepened in July as strict Covid Zero measures and a slumping real-estate market threaten the chances of a recovery to a “reasonable” range.