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Xi joins Mao in Communist constitution, tightening grip on China

BEIJING: Xi Jinping was elevated to the pantheon of China's most powerful leaders on Tuesday as his name was enshrined in the Communist Party constitution alongside Chairman Mao. The inclusion of Xi's eponymous guiding philosophy for the nation at the end of a week-long congress could lay the foundation for him to remain China's paramount leader far beyond his upcoming second five-year term. Communist China's founder Mao Zedong, and the architect of its market reforms, Deng Xiaoping, are the only other Chinese leaders…