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Xi Jinping pictured in 2018. | Photo Credit: Presidential Executive Office of Russia

Xi Jinping pictured in 2018. | Photo Credit: Presidential Executive Office of Russia

October 18, 2022

Chinese President Xi Tightens Grip on Authority

Ask Students: Who is Xi Jinping, and what role does he serve in China? Why are some officials in the U.S. concerned about Xi’s leadership in China?

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Summary

China is holding its most important political meeting in decades. The Communist Party’s 20th National Congress will see a shake-up of the country’s leadership but the top job is all but secured with President Xi Jinping to remain at the helm. It comes amid growing fears about what a return to one-man politics might mean for the future of the country. For a transcript of this story, click here.

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Discussion Questions

  • When did Xi become the Chinese president?
  • Who is Xi Jinping, and what role does he serve in China?
  • Why are some officials in the U.S. concerned about Xi’s leadership in China?
  • What are some ways Xi has tightened control over China?
  • How does Xi’s holding onto power lead to “one-man politics” as described in this story?

Focus Questions

After watching this story, what do you think is the most important thing to know about Xi Jinping and China’s future?

Media Literacy: Who else would you want to hear from to better understand Xi’s role in China’s future?

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Republished with permission from PBS NewsHour Classroom.

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