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"Socialism with Chinese characteristics" has been a recurring theme in the Communist Party's governing theory. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

'Xi Jinping Thought' looks like rehash of existing doctrine

Amending the party charter seems to be a way to cement power

TETSUSHI TAKAHASHI, Head of Nikkei's China Headquarters | China

BEIJING -- Chinese President Xi Jinping's political vision, which was incorporated into the Communist Party's constitution on Tuesday, appears to be first and foremost a tool to consolidate power, since it scarcely differs from existing language in the charter.

A coordinated propaganda campaign touting the changes is already in full swing in state media. A front-page piece Monday in the People's Daily, an official party paper, says Xi's ideology will direct citizens to fight for the "great revitalization" of the Chinese nation.

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