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Karl Marx once called religion "the opiate of the masses." Now Chinese leaders think of video games in the same terms. (Source photos by Kyodo, Reuters and Getty Images) 
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Analysis: Xi aims to mobilize the masses with populist crackdowns

Demonizing of tutor industry and games has hints of Cultural Revolution

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 is the 2014 recipient of the Vaughn-Ueda International Journalist prize for international reporting.

TOKYO -- China's crackdown on the tech industry has now spread to tutoring schools and online games, with state media labeling the industries as the "enemy" of the people.

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