The “Core” Leader

The Chinese Communist Party recently had it’s yearly secretive congress, and while of course few details are known, the big news is the title of “core leader” now attached to President Xi Jinping’s name. This title, that doesn’t convey any new military or political authority, nevertheless has significance in Chinese political culture and may shed a little light on what will happen at next year’s congress, traditionally when the next set of leaders are chosen.

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