Chinese leader Xi Jinping will mark the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic on Tuesday with a massive parade through Beijing, showing off the country's military might and underlining progress toward his "Chinese Dream" of national rejuvenation.

China's paramount leader has cemented his grip on the Communist Party, winning status as its "core." He has eliminated term limits — and rivals, via a crackdown on graft — while enshrining "Xi Jinping Thought" in China's constitution and fostering a personality cult that has variously referred to him as the "People's Leader," the "Strategist Behind China's Reform," the "Top Commander Reshaping the Military" and the "Architect of Modernization for the New Era," among other monikers.

U.S. President Donald Trump has even gone so far as to jokingly, perhaps, refer to him as a "king."