Xi Jinping is sounding confident as he looks to secure China’s prosperity and power, saying that the country is entering a time of opportunity when “the East is rising and the West is declining.”
But behind closed doors, the Communist Party leader has issued a blunt caveat to officials: Do not count out our competitors, above all the United States.
Despite its success at home, China faces deep distrust in Washington and other Western capitals.
Mr. Xi will unveil a blueprint for navigating China in the new global environment, during a session starting on Friday of the Communist Party-controlled legislature, the National People’s Congress.
Dynamics: The congress is part of the party’s stagecraft to reinforce the view that Mr. Xi is essential to steering China through momentous changes. This week, he reminded party cadres to rally behind his leadership.
A long list of challenges: Beijing is trying to overhaul an economy that has relied on investment in heavy industry and infrastructure, is grappling with an aging population and is watching the Biden administration’s promises to take a hard-line stance on the country.
The Chinese legislature also appears poised to back plans to rewrite election rules for Hong Kong, removing the last vestiges of democracy there.
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