First Look President Xi opens China's congress with wide-ranging speech

Having bested his rivals, President Xi is primed to consolidate his already considerable power as the ruling Communist Party begins its twice-a-decade national congress on Oct. 18. 

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Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday urged a reinvigorated Communist Party to take a stronger role in society and economic development to better address the nation's "grim" challenges as he opened a twice-a-decade national congress.