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Xi Jinping breaks taboo and enters the Forbidden City

Chinese leader may still be commander-in-chief in 2035, when he would be 82

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- Mao Zedong, the founding father of modern China, never once set foot inside the walls of Beijing's Forbidden City. While he did sometimes stand on the rostrum of Tiananmen -- the southernmost gate of the sprawling 72-hectare complex -- including on Oct. 1, 1949, when he declared the establishment of the People's Republic of China, he intentionally avoided entering the former home of emperors.

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