Chinese President Xi Jinping chose Oct. 16, the day China successfully conducted its first nuclear test in 1964, to open the Chinese Communist Party's 20th National Congress. (Nikkei montage/Xinhua/AP/Getty Images)
Katsuji Nakazawa is a Tokyo-based senior staff 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.
Oct. 16 occupies a special place in communist China's history. It is a date regarded by many Chinese as glorious and historic, which helps to explain why President Xi Jinping chose it to open the Chinese Communist Party's national congress.