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China officially elevates Xi Jinping to level of Mao

China officially elevates Xi Jinping to level of Mao

China’s Communist Party on Tuesday affirmed President Xi Jinping’s status as the most powerful ruler since Mao Tse-tung, handing the authoritarian leader even greater control to enact his nationalist vision of a resurgent China.

Officials agreed to embed Xi’s name and political ideology into the party constitution at the close of a twice-a-decade party congress, China’s most important political event. All 2,300-some delegates voted to enshrine the wordy proclamation, “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era.”

Only Mao received an eponymous reference in the constitution while he still held power. Deng Xiaoping, who succeeded Mao and opened the...

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