Katsuji Nakazawa is a Tokyo-based senior staff and editorial writer at Nikkei. He spent seven years in China as a correspondent and later as China bureau chief. He was the 2014 recipient of the Vaughn-Ueda International Journalist prize.

One month after the Chinese Communist Party’s 20th national congress, Chinese state media have stopped calling President Xi Jinping “the people’s leader.” None of the newly published material on Chinese government websites contain the phrase.





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