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Since becoming China’s top leader in late 2012, President Xi Jinping has centralized power to the point that it’s unclear when he’ll step down, or who might succeed him. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images AsiaPac via Getty Images

China has no plan for who will succeed Xi Jinping – leaving the nation and the world in uncertainty

In the past, the lack of a succession plan for China has led to political unrest in the country. If it happens again, it will also affect the world.
Russian defense minister during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow. REUTERS/Yuri Kochetkov

Why Russia thinks it’s exceptional

In the 19th century, Russian intellectuals launched a search for historical evidence of their moral and military superiority. What they found drives what today some call “Russian aggression.”

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