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Cold snap in China adds to fears over power and food supplies as leaders meet

The disruptions come as Xi presides over a high-level meeting of Chinese Communist Party cadres, which is expected to pass a resolution on a centenary of party history, bolstering his prospects of securing an expected third term next year and cementing his place as China’s most powerful leader in decades.

An unusually early and bracing start to winter in China is adding to unease over power and food shortages, undermining triumphant messaging about the stewardship of President Xi Jinping as the Communist Party begins a key meeting of top leaders in Beijing, the Washington Post reports.
Up to eight inches of snow blanketed much of northeastern China, closing airports, highways and schools. In contrast to the region’s typically dry winters, forecasters predict precipitation to continue all week. In Heilongjiang, the province that borders Siberia, authorities are warning of record sleet, slush and snowstorms before Wednesday.

On social media, users shared videos of dogs of playing in the snow, intricately carved ice sculptures and people skiing down city roads, as well as scenes of snow crashing down on pedestrians, and a vegetable market that collapsed.

For many in China, the plummeting temperatures echoed a similar cold snap in 2008 when the usually temperate south was devastated by heavy snowfall that froze power lines, dealt a heavy blow to the local fishing industry and sparked protests at train stations by stranded travelers.

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