China’s Xi beset by economic, political challenges

  • In this June 21, 2018, file photo, China’s President Xi Jinping waits for the arrival of Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill prior to a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. Just months after clearing the way to rule in perpetuity president and ruling Communist Party leader Xi Jinping is best by a wave of economic, foreign policy and domestic political challenges. (Fred Dufour/Pool Photo via AP, File)

BEIJING — As China’s leaders gather for their annual Yellow Sea retreat, the country’s political waters are looking choppy.