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Xi resorts to cameras and clubs to ensure loyalty

Surveillance and servility are hallmarks of China's "new era" as president's aura grows

The Chinese national flag flies near a security camera on Beijing's Tiananmen Square in May, 2017.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Two months after consolidating power and declaring a "new era" at the Chinese Communist Party's National Congress in October, President Xi Jinping has maintained a high profile, exhorting the country to adhere to the "core socialist values" he outlined in his three-and-a-half-hour speech to the congress.

The president is working hard to spread party ideology to all facets of society, saying that every citizen must embrace the new norm.

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