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Mightier than Mao? Xi Jinping's China marks 70 years of Communist rule

It is a tale of two cities. In Beijing, the biggest military parade in recent memory marks the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China. Xi Jinping's display of force is the biggest tribute to Mao Zedong since the Cultural Revolution. Over in Hong Kong, meanwhile, pro-democracy activists brave the demonstration ban and police respond with live fire, allegedly shooting one protester. What’s next for the territory's one nation, two systems status?

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The future for Hong Kong seems to come down to a single man, China’s Xi. Since assuming his post he has managed to consolidate more power than any other Chinese leader since Mao.

Produced by Alessandro XENOS, Juliette LAURAIN and Ingri BERGO.

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