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Chinese President Xi Jinping talked of risks comparabale to black swans and gray rhinos in a speech in January. (Nikkei montage/Getty Images/Reuters)
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The cursed year: Xi and China brace for a wild 2019

Wars, riots and crackdowns have hit in jinxed '9' years

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- In the highly superstitious world of China, where four is abhorred as an unlucky number but eight is coveted as auspicious, netizens are preoccupied with the significance of 2019. 

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