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The Chinese Communist Party will hold its next national congress late in 2022, and already there is speculation about whether Xi Jinping will use the occasion to restore the title of chairman, which last belonged to Mao Zedong. (Source photos by Kyodo and Getty Images) 
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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 -- He was supposed to be the forgotten hero of the Chinese Communist Party.

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