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Applause rained down for China's President Xi Jinping on Tuesday, as the Communist Party of China adopted his "thought." Xi (bottom center) was flanked by former presidents (from left) Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin, along with Premier Li Keqiang. Qilai Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Bi Fujian, an anchor of China Central Television (CCTV), speaks during a news conference in Beijing, in 2013. Bi has publicly apologized for remarks he made at a private dinner that were critical of the late communist leader Mao Zedong. China Stringer Network/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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In this photo taken in April 1972 and released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Zhuang Zedong, right, shakes hands with U.S. table tennis player Glenn Cowan during a visit to the U.S. Zhuang, a key figure in 1971's groundbreaking "pingpong diplomacy" between China and the U.S., died in Beijing on Sunday. He was 72. Xu Bihua/AP hide caption

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