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China set to enshrine 'Xi Jinping Thought' in constitution

President would be first sitting leader so honored since Mao

"Xi Jinping Thought" was only just unveiled at the twice-a-decade Communist Party National Congress in October. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

BEIJING -- The Chinese Communist Party plans to add President Xi Jinping's governing philosophy to the nation's constitution in a move that would further solidify his authority.

The charter's preamble cites Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory and "the important thought of Three Represents" put forward by former President Jiang Zemin as the country's guiding principles. The Politburo on Friday confirmed plans to add Xi's "Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era" as well as predecessor Hu Jintao's "Scientific Outlook on Development" to the list.

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