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Xi to Join Mao, Deng as 'Core' Leaders of China's Communist Party

By VOA News October 27, 2016

China's communist party has elevated President Xi Jinping's status to a "core" leader, putting him on par with Chinese strongmen such as Mao Zedong and Deng Xioaping.

A lengthy comminque released following a four-day Communist party meeting in Beijing called on all members to unite around the party leadership with "Comrade Xi Jinping as the core". But it also stressed the importance of collective leadership, saying the system "must always be followed and should not be violated by any organization or individual under any circumstance or for any reason."

Though mainly symbolic, Xi's anointment as the party's core reflects his assertion of himself as one of the country's most powerful leaders in decades.

Since President Xi was appointed his party's leader in 2012, he has aggressively worked to centralize political control and consolidate power, reining in activists and punishing more than 1 million party members for corruption, according to state media.

Analysts have hinted that Xi may seek a third term after a traditional 10 years as the country's leader, though he can indefinitely remain party leader -- the position from which he gets most of his power.

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