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President Xi Jinping's references to Chinese "self-reliance" bear a distinct resemblance to the words of Chairman Mao Zedong.   © Reuters
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Xi Jinping makes a Maoist bet on China's economy

Call for 'self reliance' reflects resolve to never bow to Donald Trump

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- In late September, Chinese President Xi Jinping toured three northeast provinces, an area with a concentration of heavy industries and vast farmland.

Xi visited Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang, accompanied by Liu He, a close aide and the vice premier in charge of economic policies. The tour came immediately after U.S. President Donald Trump imposed a fresh round of punitive import tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese products.

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