Beijing Summit Shows Xi in Charge as Trouble Lurks

November 10, 2014 8:12 AM

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As he hosts President Barack Obama and other world leaders, China's President Xi Jinping appears firmly in charge of a vast but stable communist state boasting the world's second-largest economy. Look closer, though, and things aren't so tidy: Growth is slowing, ethnic and political unrest persist — including an unprecedented protest movement in Hong Kong. And relations with China's neighbors are dogged by conflicts over territory and history.

Two years after taking charge of the ruling Communist Party, Xi is considered the most commanding Chinese leader since Deng Xiaoping at the height of his powers in the 1980s.

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