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China's Xi wants 'simple' Mao celebration

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Chinese President Xi Jinping is calling for restraint ahead of the 120th anniversary of Mao Zedong's birth, even as the late leader's hometown spends billions on the highly-anticipated event. 

China's President Xi Jinping speaks during a summit in Kuala Lumpur, on October 4, 2013

"We need to earnestly implement President Xi Jinping's instructions, which were that the ceremony needs to be solemn, simple, and pragmatic," Xu Shousheng, secretary of the Communist Party committee in Hunan province, told officials after a visit by Xi this week, the state-run Global Times reported Friday.

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