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Wang Huning, Xi's Taiwan Unification Architect

The former academic is behind President Xi's ambitious programs, including the Belt and Road Initiative, "Common Prosperity," and "China Dream."

Wang Huning, current Communist Party of China's Politburo Standing Committee member, applauds as he is introduced as a member of the Communist Party of China's Politburo Standing Committee, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 23, 2022. (Photo by WANG ZHAO/AFP via Getty Images)

The big news from the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party held in October 2022 was that, as widely expected, President Xi Jinping would remain in office for an unprecedented third term. He was said to have surrounded himself with supporters and muffled dissenting voices. But, details were few, and those in the know were cautious rather than forthcoming about sharing the fine points.

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