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Xi Jinping drops surprise hint over secret feud

Propaganda work is 'correct' and officials are 'reliable,' the president declares

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- In a new twist that offers a glimpse into the political battle that took place last month at the Chinese Communist Party's gathering in the beach resort of Beidaihe, President Xi Jinping has publicly defended the party's embattled ideology and propaganda czar.

He did so at a national conference on publicity and ideological work in Beijing on Aug. 21-22. "Decisions and plans made by the Chinese Communist Party's Central Committee since the 18th National Congress in 2012 are correct," Xi said. "Officials on the publicity and ideological fronts are reliable."

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