From September 3-4, Beijing has hosted the 2018 China-Africa Forum. Headlines from the summit continue to dominate the news in China.
On the front page of the People’s Daily from September 5 to 7, 100 percent of the headlines were about Xi Jinping.
Typical were headlines like this from September 6:
Xi Jinping meets Nigeria president Buhari
Xi Jinping meets Madagascar president Hery
Xi Jinping meets Chad president Déby
The entire front page of the paper on September 6 used the same structure for each of the ten headlines in the main section.
Since Xi Jinping took power, he has been glorified more than any Chinese leader since Mao Zedong. A Reddit user with 36,000 “karma points” who frequently presents charts has used data from people.com.cn to show that Xi is mentioned on the front page of the People’s Daily more than any leader since Mao.
And since Xi became president for life at the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, he has been mentioned almost every day.
Chinese citizens are being arrested for vandalizing propaganda of Xi.
Now the question might be not how many days is Xi featured on the front page, but how many times in one day.
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Xi Jinping is being mentioned almost every single day on People’s Daily front-page headlines, something only Mao had done during the cultural revolution. (1949-2018)
Is Xi Jinping mentioned in a headline of the People’s Daily front page today? (2007-2018)