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Beijing Diary

China marks Mao's 127th birthday as Xi follows in his footsteps

Nikkei's China bureau chief offers snapshots of politics amid the pandemic

Mao Zedong, the People's Republic of China's late founding father, and current President Xi Jinping (Source photos by Kyodo and Getty Images)

China is locked in a heated diplomatic confrontation with the U.S. -- one that may not end with the arrival of a new White House occupant. At home, President Xi Jinping continues to strengthen his grip on power. All the while, the world is struggling to stop the coronavirus pandemic that started on Chinese soil. Nikkei's bureau chief in China, Tetsushi Takahashi, is following these world-shaping stories from the heart of Beijing.

Monday, Dec. 28

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