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Song Zuying performs in Hong Kong on June 30, 2012, the 15th anniversary of the territory's handover to Chinese sovereignty. She has recently fallen out of favor with Xi Jinping.   © Reuters
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Downfall of a diva mirrors Beijing's backstage politics

Dangerous liaisons: Chinese entertainers and their political patrons

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- A Chinese folk diva is in the spotlight, put there by her absence from a list.

The name of Song Zuying, a female military singer close to Jiang Zemin, the 91-year old former Chinese President, has disappeared from the list of members of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. It was released late last month; the committee is to meet in March.

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