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A tribute to late Chinese supreme leader Deng Xiaoping in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province

Xi wants same status as Mao and Deng

President stays in spotlight even on 20th anniversary of Deng's death

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei commentator | China

TOKYO -- Chinese President Xi Jinping gives himself no respite, even though he has consolidated considerable power through his signature anti-corruption campaign.

The 63-year-old's thinly veiled ambition now is to go down in the history of the Chinese Communist Party with the likes of Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. Xi doubles as the ruling party's general secretary.

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