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>> Aircraft carriers bullet trains and happy villagers lifted from poverty, all these and more celebrated in Beijing as achievements of the Chinese people. But make no mistake, this exhibition is really all about President Xi Jinping, singled out as the leader behind all the success. It's been put on by the Communist Party's propaganda department, ahead of next week's Party Congress.
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Government back-slapping is not uncommon ahead of the Congress which only comes around every five years. But as Reuters' Philip Nguyen reports, this year's treatment of Xi goes beyond celebrity.>> So Xi Jinping's already widely seen as China's most powerful leader since Mao Zedong. But he's expected to widely expand on those powers on the upcoming 19th Party Congress.
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So an exhibition like this in essence is really trying to demonstrate that he has earned the right to increase and expand his powers rather than it just being a cynical or naked power grab. There are hundreds of images of Xi meeting with world leaders at the G20 summit in Hangzhou.
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Going out, meeting with villagers or overseeing military parades, demonstrating that Xi is personally and individually responsible for all of the treatments that people see inside the exhibition.>> Xi's led a vast anti-corruption campaign, a crackdown on the Internet, and a military buildup since assuming power Experts say the latest propaganda push is meant to show only a strong man can pull of what he's achieved.
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And the expo's audience seems eager to believe.>> There are bus loads of visitors coming because they have been quite a few organized trips through work units, through Communist Party organisation departments and so forth. By that very nature, a lot of the visitors have already come with quite a positive and patriotic attitude in mind.
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They do seem to express quite a lot of pride at what they're seeing at the exhibition.>> While this presidential extravaganza sticks to displays and models, Xi's own staff has recently gone even further to build him up. His foreign minister quoted in state media saying the President's contributions to diplomacy have transcended 300 years of western thought.