Hu Jintao

China's Communist Party praises Xi as Marxist thinker

Marx, Deng ... Xi?

To the Chinese president's growing array of titles, the ruling Communist Party says Xi Jinping can add important Marxist thinker.

The party on Thursday praised Xi's contribution to ideology, adding to intense propaganda promoting his personal image as Xi begins a second five-year term as leader.

Xi, 64, has emerged as the most powerful leader since Mao Zedong in the 1970s. He has taken control of an unusually wide range of political, economic and other functions, a break with the past two decades of collective leadership.

His image dominates official propaganda, which has prompted suggestions Xi is trying to build a cult of personality,...