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Perhaps Xi Jinping's code is no mystery at all: Political power grows out of the barrel of a U.S.-beating economy. (Nikkei montage/source photos by Getty Images and Ken Kobayashi)
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Analysis: Cracking China's Da Vinci Code 2035

Mao Zedong and Xi Jinping connected by mysterious set of numbers

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

Katsuji Nakazawa is a Tokyo-based senior staff writer and editorial writer at Nikkei. He has spent seven years in China as a correspondent and later as China bureau chief. He is the 2014 recipient of the Vaughn-Ueda International Journalist prize for international reporting.

TOKYO -- Dan Brown's fictional professor Robert Langdon cracks secret code after secret code in the bestselling novel "The Da Vinci Code" until finally arriving at the biggest secret of all -- that the last descendant of Jesus Christ is standing before him.

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