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Beijing Diary

Xi shakes the house Jack Ma and Jiang Zemin built

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

Alibaba founder Jack Ma, left, is a card-carrying member of the Chinese Communist Party thanks, at least indirectly, to former leader Jiang Zemin, right. But Ma appears to have irked President Xi Jinping. (Nikkei montage/Reuters and Kyodo)

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.

Friday, Nov. 27

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