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Chinese President Xi Jinping reviews troops in Inner Mongolia on July 30. (Xinhua/Kyodo).

Xi flexes military muscle in quest to follow Mao

But a close aide is hit by 'friendly fire,' giving political foes more ammunition

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over a massive military parade for the second time in just two years recently, and the reason is no secret: to go down in history as a national leader on a par with Mao Zedong.

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