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Xi Jinping’s power play: from president to China’s new dictator?

The country is at at a dangerous moment after the president’s bid to extend his rule

Yao Shuping has understood the perils of one-man rule ever since teenage fanatics came for her mother in the summer of 1966.

It was “Red August”, and as Chairman Mao plunged China into a decade of carnage, Red Guards stormed He Dinghua’s home, ransacking the apartment, shearing off her hair and pummelling her with a nail-studded plank. Finally, they slit the housewife’s throat, condemning her to the mortuary of Beijing’s Number Six People’s Hospital where, days later, her daughter found her corpse as it was carted off for cremation.

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