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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.

Rumors were already swirling from the previous day among some Chinese Communist Party members that an important announcement was imminent. It turned out to be a birthday present that left experts talking nonstop.

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