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Xi Jinping is halfway to his goal of overtaking Deng Xiaoping, a leader who clashed with Xi's father and gained veneration for enriching China. (Nikkei montage/Reuters)
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Analysis: Xi's need to overtake Deng poses big risk for Taiwan

Unification would cement his legacy. Does he have a timeline?

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.

About a quarter-century after his death, former paramount leader Deng Xiaoping remains widely revered for enriching China. His policy of "reform and opening-up" lifted millions out of poverty.

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