Since taking office, China's leader has targeted corruption, eliminated space for dissent and reasserted Communist Party power across all aspects of society.
When the Taliban captured Kabul last week, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said Afghans had broken the "shackles of slavery."
China, which has called religious extremism a destabilizing force in its western Xinjiang region, must also hews to its policy of noninterference in the internal affairs of other countries.
Party membership grew by a record 2.43 million in 2020, and as is typical, about 80% of new joiners were 35 or under.
Both Beijing and Taipei have held extensive military exercises in recent weeks.
The skirmish between Chinese and Indian troops over a long-disputed border this month is being treated in New Delhi as the country's worst diplomatic crisis in decades even as it is downplayed by Beijing. China and President Xi Jinping are already locked in diplomatic combat ...