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Chinese President Xi Jinping inspects troops at the People's Liberation Army Hong Kong Garrison on June 30, 2017. The troops notably addressed him as "chairman" and not the standard term "commander."    © Reuters
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Analysis: Xi floats 2027 as new milestone year

Celebration of army's 100th birthday likely a precursor of bigger things ahead

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

Katsuji Nakazawa is a Tokyo-based senior staff writer and editorial writer at Nikkei. He has 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 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping has begun talking about a new 100-year anniversary: the year 2027, which marks the centennial of the founding of the People's Liberation Army.

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