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Mao Zedong and Liu Shaoqi in 1966, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang in 2021. (Source photo by AP and Getty Images)
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Analysis: Premier Li's economic rebuild has a dangerous precedent

The last time a No. 2 corrected the top leader's policy, it didn't end well

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

Katsuji Nakazawa is a Tokyo-based senior staff writer 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.

Last week, China held a massive video conference on stabilizing the economy. Premier Li Keqiang addressed roughly 100,000 senior officials in over 2,800 municipalities across the nation -- an unprecedented scale for such an event.

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