Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s expected securing of an unprecedented third term in power during this week’s Chinese Communist Party congress increases the likelihood of war over Taiwan and will accelerate the regime’s actions against the United States, according to analysts and a former U.S. official.
The Party’s 20th National Congress—a twice-in-a-decade event—is due to kick off on Oct. 16, and will result in a reshuffle of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) top leadership. Key priorities for the next five years will also be set.
All eyes will be focused on the composition of the Politburo and its Standing Committee—the Party’s highest decision-making body—and whether it will be filled by Xi loyalists or those from other political factions.
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