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On this edition of the “Weekly Recap,” NLW gives an overview of the 20th Chinese Party Congress, including the power moves made by President Xi Jinping, Western reactions and why the leader is shifting from economics to ideology.

“The Breakdown” is written, produced by and features Nathaniel Whittemore aka NLW, with editing by Rob Mitchell and research by Scott Hill. Jared Schwartz is our executive producer and our theme music is “Countdown” by Neon Beach. Music behind our sponsors today is “War” by Enoch Yang. Image credit: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images, modified by CoinDesk. Join the discussion at