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Yu the Great became a legendary ruler in China for his introduction of flood control. Will President Xi Jinping be credited for harnessing the floods of 2020? (Nikkei Montage/Source photos by AP and Getty Images) 
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China portrays 'Xi the Great,' tamer of floods

President shows who's boss, while premier is sidelined in the mud

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- Despite serious flood damage in various parts of China, President Xi Jinping had not visited any of the impacted areas.

But on Aug. 18, Xi suddenly appeared in flood-hit Anhui Province for an inspection, one that seems to have followed the conclusion of the annual summer gathering of Chinese Communist Party leaders and elders, the Beidaihe meeting.

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