Xi Jinping’s iron fist on China: Exploring the leader’s political strategy
18 October 2022 | 10:39 am
This week’s show is entirely dedicated to China’s Communist Party Congress, taking place this week. It’s a days-long conclave that meets once every five years and shapes the country’s leadership. This year’s congress will be particularly closely watched with President Xi Jinping expected to further cement his rule.
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