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The Wumen Gate as seen from the Forbidden City in Beijing. Even members of China's political class feel as though they are being watched these days.   © Reuters
China up close

Xi Jinping and the 60-year curse

Will the Chinese president's gambit end in reform or a coup d'etat?

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- For the superstitious Chinese, there have been plenty of signs to talk about this winter.

A Chinese adage holds that decent snowfalls presage bountiful harvests. But this winter Beijing had been without snow until Saturday despite many days of sub-zero temperatures.

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