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President Xi gains the official title of ‘core’ leader, a marker of ‘almost absolute authority’ in China last held by Deng Xiaoping and Mao Zedong

n unofficial effort has been under way this year to name Xi Jinping the 'core' leader of China, and the Communist Party formally announced the title following a plenum of senior members in Beijing.
12 months ago
Lucas Niewenhuis
By Lucas Niewenhuis
Lucas Niewenhuis is an associate editor at SupChina who helps curate daily news and produce the company's newsletter, app, and website content. Previously, Lucas researched China-Africa relations at the Social Science Research Council and interned at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has studied Chinese language and culture in Shanghai and Beijing, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
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