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Chinese President Xi Jinping and a theatrical performance of the Long March. Xi has invoked the historic struggle to unite his party in its long-term battle with the U.S. (Nikkei Montage / Getty Images)
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The new Long March -- Xi's 15-year battle plan with the US

Chinese leader adopts a 'talk and strike' strategy until eventual win in 2035

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- Chinese President Xi Jinping's recent visit to Jiangxi Province, the starting point of the 1934 -1936 Long March, has sparked an intense debate in the country.

Laying a floral basket at a monument on May 20, Xi said China is now on a "new Long March" to overcome "major challenges at home and abroad."

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