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Chinese Communist Party has lessons to keep from fallen dynasties

Excessive confidence but also anxiety drive Xi Jinping to challenge US-led order

An image of Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Museum of the Chinese Communist Party, which opened in June ahead of the 100th anniversary of the party's founding.

TOKYO -- I vividly remember a scene in the small hours in Beijing on Feb. 20, 1997. Assigned to the capital of China, I was in front of the 301 Hospital, a military hospital located at the southern edge of the city.

A medical ward for top Chinese officials was under heavy guard and being outlined with bluish white lights just after strongman Deng Xiaoping, known as "China's last emperor," died in a room there.

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