Bid to split 'China is doomed to fail,' warns empowered Xi

President Buhari and President Xi Jinping

President Buhari and President Xi Jinping

Pointing at China's global ambitions, Mr Xi said his country would be strong but not aggressive and would not develop itself at the expense of the rest of the world.

Xi also invoked China's historical achievements in governance and culture and stressed the importance of national unity in working to reduce poverty.

"There is a distinct danger now that there may well be a return to the Maoist style of leadership symbolized by the dissolution of collective responsibility and the concentration of power under one person", said Joseph Cheng, a longtime observer of Chinese politics now retired from the City University of Hong Kong.

Analysts are asking if Xi would be able to arouse nationalistic fervour with his strong rhetoric in the manner Mao Zedong, founder of Communist China, did. "Only those who are accustomed to threatening others see everyone as a threat", he said, taking a dig at the US.

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Xi pledged to expand the Belt and Road, his signature foreign policy initiative of building ports, bridges and railways connecting Europe with Asia - but in an apparent response to the project's critics, said China wasn't seeking hegemony. "China also pursues peaceful development and in the same vein China will not occupy an inch of land of others", he said. Modi said Xi's re-election showed that he enjoys the support of the whole Chinese nation, state-run Xinhua news agency said in a report.

He also said all officials should subject themselves to people's supervision.

In a bid to improve ties with China, India banned Tibetans from hosting a rally with the Dalai Lama this month to mark the 60th anniversary of a failed uprising against Chinese rule. CCTV now has more than 70 bureaux overseas, while China Radio International broadcasts in more than 60 languages.

Xi, 64, last week altered the course of history of China after the NPC besides re-electing him for a second five-year term also ratified a constitutional amendment scrapping the two-term limit paving the way him to remain in power for life.

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"The Chinese people share a common belief that it is never allowed and it is absolutely impossible to separate any inch of our great country's territory from China".

He also warned those attempting to declare independence for self-ruled Taiwan that they would face "the punishment of history". The combined group is created to strengthen the party's ability to shape public opinion and would serve as a key vehicle for China to project its image to the world, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the changes haven't been publicly announced.

He said China will contribute more Chinese wisdom, Chinese solutions and Chinese strength to the world, to push for building an open, inclusive, clean, and handsome world that enjoys lasting peace, universal security, and common prosperity.

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