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Xi Jinping wore a gray Mao suit to make sure he would stand out on the dais while celebrating the Chinese Communist Party's centennial on July 1.   © Reuters
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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 -- Tiananmen, or the Gate of Heavenly Peace, is a towering gate at the entrance to Beijing's Forbidden City, the former imperial palace where successive Chinese emperors lived.

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