As Chinese President Xi Jinping prepares to consolidate his power for a second five-year term at the 19th Communist Party Congress, beginning on October 18, he can point to another impressive period of growth for the nation's economy. While the turbocharged days of double-digit annual expansion achieved in previous decades may be over, the Chinese economy still managed to expand more than 50 percent in yuan terms in the five years to the middle of 2017. Beijing has been turned into a virtual fortress ahead of the key Congress of the ruling Communist Party of China amid fears of terror attacks by militants from the troubled Xinjiang province. Though the government has denied any security crackdown in the Muslim-majority Xinjiang province, heavy deployment of security forces were seen at various key locations in the national capital including Tiananmen square where the once-in-a-five-year Congress will be held at the Great Hall of the People.
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