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"China will not seek hegemony and expansion, only those, who are usually threatening others, regard everyone as a threat", Xi said speaking at the closing ceremony of the first session of the 13th Chinese National People's Congress (NPC). But China's opposition to a United Nations ban on Pakistani terrorist and JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar, who plotted terror attacks at bases of Indian armed forces, has also strained their relations.

"All will receive the condemnation of the people and the punishment of history".

In his speech in the Great Hall of the People, Mr Xi laid out his grand vision for China, reconfirming his ambition to "rejuvenate" the country and continue China's "great contributions to civilisation".

"Dear President Xi Jinping, congratulations on getting re-elected as the President of the People's Republic of China", Modi had said in his message posted in his account on Chinese social media site Weibo. In addressing "separatism" while discussing Hong Kong and Macau, Xi appeared to belie concerns that an emboldened Taiwan will inspire others opposed to totalitarian communist rule to assert themselves against Beijing.

China has also been anxious about independence activists in the former British colony of Hong Kong following big street protests there in 2014 calling for universal suffrage.

"It is a shared aspiration of all Chinese people and in their basic interests to safeguard China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and realize China's complete reunification", Xi said.

"In the face of national righteousness and the tide of history, all attempts or tricks aimed at dividing the motherland are doomed to failure", Xi said to loud applause. "China also pursues peaceful development and in the same vein China will not occupy an inch of land of others", he said.

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Responding to a question from a Japanese reporter at his annual news conference, Li said Beijing's ties with Tokyo have been improving but suffered from a weak foundation.

During its session, China's National People's Congress has ratified the constitutional amendment removing decades old two-term limit for President and Vice President paving the way for Xi to continue in power for life.

He said China will contribute more Chinese wisdom, Chinese solutions and Chinese strength to the world, to push for building an open, inclusive, clean, and attractive world that enjoys lasting peace, universal security, and common prosperity.

Bonnie Glaser, director of the China Power Project at Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC, told CNN that Xi may be looking to tighten his grip on the region.

He said China will contribute more Chinese wisdom, Chinese solutions and Chinese strength to the world, to push for building an open, inclusive, clean, and attractive world that enjoys lasting peace, universal security, and common prosperity.

Who is left to challenge Xi?


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