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Communist China at 70

Xi turns back the clock as Communist rule hits 70

Chinese leader looks to Mao, not Deng, while grappling with today's challenges

HONG KONG -- As the People's Republic of China celebrated its 70th anniversary Tuesday, President Xi Jinping reached into history for inspiration for dealing with its rivalry with the U.S. and the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.

"Seventy years ago on this day, Comrade Mao Zedong solemnly declared here to the world that the PRC was founded," Xi said in a speech in Tiananmen Square, where Mao had once stood.

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