Vladimir Putin will seek to become Russian president for a fourth time on Sunday, while Xi Jinping was sworn in for a second term on Saturday. Photo: AFP

China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin are putting strongman politics back on the map

Chinese lawmakers vote unanimously to keep Xi in power, while Putin looks to be a shoo-in for a fourth term

Topic |   China's Two Sessions 2018

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Vladimir Putin will seek to become Russian president for a fourth time on Sunday, while Xi Jinping was sworn in for a second term on Saturday. Photo: AFP
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Chow Chung-yan

Chow Chung-yan

Chung-yan joined the SCMP as a summer intern in 1998. Over the past two decades he has risen through the ranks to the role of Executive Editor via the City, China and Business desks.

Jun Mai

Jun Mai

Jun Mai is an award-winning journalist covering China's political and social news. He writes about China's elite politics, general policies and social activism. He is currently based in Beijing.