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While Chinese President Xi Jinping prepares to extend his reign, he is moving to replace a symbol of friendship between his country and Japan. (Nikkei montage/CNS/Kyodo/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 was the 2014 recipient of the Vaughn-Ueda International Journalist prize.

The Chinese Communist Party will close a key four-day gathering on Thursday after adopting the "third resolution on history."

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