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China’s Xi Pays a Visit to Ruling Communist Party’s Holy Land

  • President visited place where Mao Zedong once gave a speech
  • Chinese leader likely to seek third term in office next year
Xi Jinping

Xi Jinping

Photographer: Pang Xinglei/Xinhua/Getty Images

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Chinese President Xi Jinping is visiting a province that the ruling Communist Party treats with reverence for historical reasons, a move signaling efforts to rally political support before he seeks to extend his time in office.

Xi visited the Yangjiagou revolutionary site as part of a tour of Shaanxi province this week, the official Xinhua News Agency reported late Tuesday. Former Chinese leader Mao Zedong held a meeting in the area in 1947 that discussed the state of the party, which was attended by Xi’s father.