Chinese President Xi Jinping, front right, meets representatives attending a Nov. 17 award ceremony on ethical role models and pioneers in Beijing, China. At the start of his second five-year term as leader of China’s ruling Communist Party, Xi is at the center of China’s most colorful efforts to build a cult of personality since the death of the founder of the People’s Republic, Mao Zedong, in 1976.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, front right, meets representatives attending a Nov. 17 award ceremony on ethical role models and pioneers in Beijing, China. At the start of his second five-year term as leader of China’s ruling Communist Party, Xi is at the center of China’s most colorful efforts to build a cult of personality since the death of the founder of the People’s Republic, Mao Zedong, in 1976. Li Xueren Xinhua via AP
Chinese President Xi Jinping, front right, meets representatives attending a Nov. 17 award ceremony on ethical role models and pioneers in Beijing, China. At the start of his second five-year term as leader of China’s ruling Communist Party, Xi is at the center of China’s most colorful efforts to build a cult of personality since the death of the founder of the People’s Republic, Mao Zedong, in 1976. Li Xueren Xinhua via AP

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