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Thursday's edition of the People's Daily, left, compared with the newspaper as it looked after the Communist Party congress 10 years ago.

China's Xi gets Mao treatment on People's Daily front page

Unusually large photo shows who's the boss

TETSUSHI TAKAHASHI, Head of Nikkei's China Headquarters | China

BEIJING -- A day after Xi Jinping began his second term as head of China's ruling Communist Party, the party's People's Daily mouthpiece published a front-page photo of him so big that it leaves no doubt as to his prominence compared with past leaders.

No other members of the Politburo Standing Committee -- the top decision-making body -- were pictured individually in Thursday's edition of the newspaper. A long shot of the entire group appears below Xi's image.

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