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Beijing Diary

First China, then the world? What a Communist Party song tells us

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

Statues of China's founding father Mao Zedong, former Premier Zhou Enlai and a girl stand across from a large depiction of the Communist Party flag in the village of Tangshang. (Photo by Tetsushi Takahashi)

China is locked in a heated diplomatic confrontation with the U.S. 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, has been following these stories from the heart of Beijing.

This is his final dispatch before returning to Tokyo.

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