China el­e­vates leader to Mao-like sta­tus

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On Tues­day, the Chi­nese Com­mu­nist Party unan­i­mously voted to put Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping into the same pan­theon as Com­mu­nist Party leg­ends Mao Ze­dong and Deg Xiaop­ing, paving the way for him to lead the coun­try into the in­def­i­nite fu­ture. The move makes Xi the most pow­er­ful Chi­nese leader in decades, with am­bi­tions to tighten party con­trol over so­ci­ety and make his coun­try a su­per­power on the world stage, with a po­lit­i­cal phi­los­o­phy — called “Xi Jin­ping Thought on So­cial­ism with Chi­nese Char­ac­ter­is­tics in a New Era” — di­rectly op­posed to that of the West.

From on­line and wire re­ports

Greg Baker / AFP Photo / Getty Im­ages

A ven­dor packs up un­sold news­pa­pers at a news­stand last week in Bei­jing fea­tur­ing China’s long-serv­ing pres­i­dent, Xi Jin­ping.

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