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Billionaire Guo Wengui is seen in New York on April 30.   © Reuters

Most-wanted tycoon keeps Chinese leaders' ears burning

Popular TV series overlaps with real life as chess game for power escalates

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer

TOKYO -- A pair of pulse-thumping political dramas have gripped China, providing endless fodder for small talk in tea houses, bars and living rooms across the country.

Both are about corruption. They coincide with President Xi Jinping's signature anti-graft campaign. One, a TV series titled "In the Name of People," was broadcast this spring. The other is unfolding in real life, from a high-rise luxury apartment in Manhattan, and has yet to reach its climax.

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