“We will not give up the use of force”: Xi Jinping’s warning about Taiwan and other keys to his speech at the Congress of the Communist Party of China – BBC News World

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XI Jinping after his speech at the Chinese Communist Party congress.

Warnings to Taiwan, much about “security” – a word he has mentioned more than 70 times – but hardly any mention of the economy. The speech given by the president of China, Xi Jinping, this Sunday the 16th opens the 20th Congress of the Communist Party (PCCh), one of the most important meetings in the history of the organization.

Xi Jinping is expected to receive a third five-year term during the Congress, thus cementing himself as probably the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong in the 1970s.

The speech, which lasted almost two hours, was significantly shorter than his speech at the last congress in 2017.

The BBC correspondent in Beijing, Stephen McDonell, remarks that Xi Jinping had no room in his speech for “the slightest recognition of the social and economic pain” that the zero-covid policy has caused, nor has he given space to others ” massive challenges” from the government like rising youth unemployment or the housing crisis.

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