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The Chinese city of Xiamen and the Taiwan-administered Kinmen Island likely started making an impact on Xi Jinping in 1985.   © Getty Images
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KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

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

In 1985, a 32-year-old Xi Jinping was assigned to the city of Xiamen, in China's Fujian province, to become the young vice mayor.

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