Chinese President Xi Jinping has focused on security and dashed citizens’ and investors’ hopes of exiting China’s strict zero-COVID policy, as he touted the Communist Party’s leadership at the opening of its five-yearly congress on Sunday. Reuters reports that Xi, who is 69, is widely expected to win a third leadership term at the conclusion of the week-long congress that began on Sunday morning, cementing his place as China’s most powerful ruler since Mao Zedong.