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Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, was referred to as the "people's leader" in state media, the honorific for Mao Zedong. (Nikkei Montage/ Getty Images/ Reuters)
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Xi scores coup and grabs party backing to be 'people's leader'

After twist at Beidaihe, president awards himself Mao Zedong's former title

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- On Aug. 25, the People's Daily, the mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party, ran a splash headline on its front page that caught the eye of China watchers around the world.

"The people's leader loves the people," it said.

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