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China dials down Xi's personality cult as criticism mounts

Posters are taken down ahead of annual meeting with elders

Posters praising Chinese President Xi Jinping had appeared around the country after the Communist Party congress last October. (Photo by Oki Nagai)

BEIJING -- Chinese authorities have started to take down posters of President Xi Jinping in certain parts of the capital, in what is seen to be an attempt to tone down the cult of personality, as party elders raise alarm over his authoritarian flair amid escalating tensions with the U.S.

The move comes ahead of the annual Beidaihe meeting held at the seaside resort town in Hebei Province, where past and present leaders of the Chinese Communist Party meet to discuss the direction of national policies. 

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