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