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Xi Jinping's portrait on display at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing. Is he a modern-day Marx? (Nikkei montage/Getty Images/Ken Kobayashi)
China up close

Xi's birthday gift of Marxist deification leaves a lot to unwrap

Campaign to put Chinese president on par with revolutionary socialist has begun

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- Monday was President Xi Jinping's 67th birthday. It turned out to be an important day for Chinese politics.

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