President Xi Jinping eclipses Deng Xiaoping, joins pantheon of socialist greats

BEIJING – There was no mistaking the watershed moment that occurred this week in China: President Xi Jinping joined Mao Zedong and Karl Marx among the pantheon of socialist greats, eclipsing Deng Xiaoping, China’s second-generation leader after Mao.

This came after a four-day plenum of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), which ended on Thursday (Nov 11).

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