Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping and . . . Xi Jinping?
Five years ago, China’s Communist Party bestowed on Xi the title of “core” leader, placing the president on the trajectory to reach the level of strongmen Mao and Deng. If Xi delivers an expected resolution Thursday that grants him official, total and indefinite rule without term limit, it will further prove his towering authority over party leadership — and give him momentum to storm into next year ready to tackle China’s biggest challenges, internal and external.