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'Xi Jinping Thought' may get pride of place in party charter

China's official media pushing phrase once reserved for Mao

BEIJING -- A recent string of references in official Chinese media to "Xi Jinping Thought" suggests that Beijing is preparing to enshrine the president's name alongside Mao Zedong's in the Communist Party charter when the party holds its twice-a-decade congress this autumn.

The policies advanced by Beijing since Xi took office in 2012 could rightly be called Xi Jinping Thought, proclaimed an editorial in the latest issue of the party journal Dangjian Yanjiu, or Party-Building Research. The piece called the president's philosophy the most vibrant form of Marxism seen in modern China.

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