Xi Jinping’s latest tag: living Buddhist deity, Chinese official says

Source: Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) – President of China, head of its Communist Party, commander-in-chief of the military and now living Buddhist deity – Xi Jinping has added another title to his growing collection, at least in the eyes of some ethnic Tibetans.

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives the opening session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China March 5, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives the opening session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China March 5, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Speaking on Wednesday on the sidelines of China’s annual meeting of parliament, the party boss of the remote northwestern province of Qinghai, birthplace of the Dalai Lama, said Tibetans who lived there had been saying they view Xi as a deity.

Wang Guosheng said the province had been following Mao Zedong’s advice about inspiring the masses to love the party and its leader, distributing “images of the leader” to people in poverty-stricken areas being moved into new homes.

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