China's Xi vows to continue anti-corruption crusade

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Chinese President Xi Jinping has opened a critical Communist Party congress with a pledge to continue his anti-corruption campaign that has made him many powerful enemies over the past five years.

Xi's wide-ranging speech on Wednesday kicked 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 five years.

Critics accuse Xi of using his anti-corruption campaign to purge political opponents. He is already seen as China's most powerful leader in a generation and the ruling politburo is expected to be stacked with his allies when it is named next week.

Al Jazeera's Adrian Brown reports from Beijing.


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