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Xi Jinping presents himself as the new Mao

Can China's leader live up to his image as the great helmsman for the 21st century?

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A security officer stands by a poster of Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Oct. 22. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

The just-ended 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress has fulfilled its billing as a confirmation ceremony for Xi Jinping as China's strongest leader since chairman Mao. The 64-year-old "core leader" has successfully filled the country's highest ruling councils -- the Politburo and the Politburo Standing Committee -- with his loyalists.

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