Xi touts COVID fight, China’s economic model at party congress opening

On Sunday, Chinese President Xi Jinping touted the ruling Communist Party’s fight against COVID-19 while reiterating his support for the private sector and allowing markets to play a key role even as China polishes a “socialist economic system”. “.

In a speech at the opening of a congress where he is expected to win a third term that cements his place as the country’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, Xi also hailed the party takeover of the situation in Hong Kong, which was rocked by anti-government protests in 2019.

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