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Visitors pose for photos on Sunday at a Beijing exhibition praising Chinese President Xi Jinping. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)
China's Party Congress 2017

Xi has party working to build nationwide fan base

Idolization of Chinese leaders has been banned since Mao Zedong

TAKASHI KAWAKAMI, Nikkei staff writer | China

BEIJING -- The practice of publicly praising Chinese President Xi Jinping, who also doubles as head of the Communist Party, is spreading across China, with the leader increasingly consolidating power as he launches his second term.

People are flocking to an exhibition in Beijing showcasing Xi's achievements in his first five-year term, while reports of a book and a song rhapsodizing over the leader are surfacing in the press.

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