BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday opens a critical Communist Party congress expected to cement his authority with a closely watched address signaling how he intends to put that power to use during a second five-year term.

Xi’s speech will kick off the twice-a-decade congress, a week-long, mostly closed-door conclave that will culminate with the selection of a new Politburo Standing Committee that will rule China’s 1.4 billion people for the next half-decade.

Based on previous such gatherings, the opening address will essentially be

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