Photo: A TV screen shows a live news broadcast of Chinese President Xi Jinping introducing his Politburo Standing Committee after the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, at the Nanjing pedestrian road in Shanghai, China, October 25, 2017. (Aly Song/Reuters)
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The parliament of Catalonia declared independence from Spain this afternoon. Minutes later, the Spanish Senate granted Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy unprecedented power to impose direct rule on the region. Madrid and Barcelona have been on a collision course, and tensions are higher than ever. Stephen Burgen, who is based in Barcelona and writing for the Guardian, looks at what the latest move will mean for Catalans, Spain and the EU.
The US is a young country, but China's President Xi Jinping has a history of 5000 years to call on when he promises a return to past glories. This week, China's Communist Party congress elevated Xi Jinping to equal status with the legendary Mao Tse Tung, who founded the Communist Party — and came to personify the dangers of one-man rule. Xi is being called "the most powerful man in the world," as China builds a modern military and may already have out-stripped the US economically. But will China be "great" for free speech, an independent judiciary or human rights?
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