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    Xi Jinping May Be Delaying Choosing His Successor

    Hasn’t he had enough? China’s leader was appointed in 2012, and while Xi’s second five-year term is a foregone conclusion when the Communist Party congress convenes in 2017, many are speculating that he’ll break with tradition and delay announcing his chosen successor at the event. That could mean Xi wants to prolong his time at the top while maintaining political dominance and pushing premier Li Keqiang to the side — but some hope for more clarity after this month’s meeting of senior officials planning the 2017 congress.

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