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This Happened—November 15: China Has A New Leader

On this day in 2012, Xi Jinping was elected General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, on his way to becoming the most powerful leader in China since Mao Zedong.

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How has Xi Jinping led China?

Since taking office, Xi Jinping has removed political opponents from China’s government and introduced measures to enforce political unity in the country, while also using five-year plans to maintain China’s standing as the world’s fastest growing economy.

Like Mao Zedong, Xi Jinping has been described as a dictator as a result of his policies conducting mass surveillance, censoring speech and expression, and the recent internment of the Uyghurs Muslim minority in the northwest.

How long will Xi Jinping serve as General Secretary?

In 2021, the Central Committee removed a de facto two-term limit, allowing Xi Jinping to remain in office indefinitely. The last leader to serve more than two terms was Mao Zedong, who was widely considered a ruthless dictator.

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FOCUS: Russia-Ukraine War

Saturate The East! Poland Revamps Its Military Strategy In Response To Russian Threat

Poland has a border with Russia and Belarus, so it is not just watching how the Ukraine war develops. Warsaw is rethinking its entire defense strategy.

Photo of a Polish soldier seen working at the construction of the fence along the border with the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.

Wisztyniec, Poland. A Polish soldier seen working at the construction of the fence along the border with the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.

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Stanislav Zhelikhovsky

KYIV — It will soon be exactly one year since the Russian Federation launched its large-scale invasion of Ukraine. During that time, neighboring Poland has been playing the role of a front-line country — NATO's eastern outpost.

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Polish government agencies have been hard at work on what to do if the country is attacked. In particular, a new defense directive. After all, Poland’s Political and Strategic Defense Directive, which has been in effect since 2018, must be updated because it simply doesn't match today's reality.

Poland's Deputy Minister of National Defense, Wojciech Skurkiewicz, announced a change in defense doctrine with the defense forces set up on the Vistula River, located in northeastern Poland. Ukraine's experience shows the need to protect the country's entire territory as quickly as possible.

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