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In China, Xi Is Supreme

In the six months since he took over as General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Xi Jinping has accumulated more power and more personal authority than any Chinese leader since Mao Zedong, the founder of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) whom Xi often quotes. Even Deng Xiaoping had to contend with a large group of conservatives at the top of the party, from 1977 to 1984, and was increasingly unable to quell the infighting of different political factions after that date.

Read Here – European Council On Foreign Relations

Economic Year Zero In China

It is inevitable, perhaps, that we tend to focus on leaders when we examine grand political and economic transitions. But they are not the only actors in these dramas. Deng Xiaoping and his colleagues triumphed precisely because they unleashed the creativity and the entrepreneurial urges of millions of Chinese. Many of them — shocking though it might be to think — were not even members of the Chinese Communist Party.

Read Here – Foreign Policy

The Post-Democratic Future Begins in China

In November 2012, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) held its 18th National Congress, setting in motion a once-in-a-decade transfer of power to a new generation of leaders. As expected, Xi Jinping took over as general secretary and will become the president of the People’s Republic this March. The turnover was a smooth and well-orchestrated demonstration by a confidently rising superpower. That didn’t stop international media and even some Chinese intellectuals, however, from portraying it as a moment of crisis. In an issue that was published before the beginning of the congress, for example, The Economist quoted unnamed scholars at a recent conference as saying that China is “unstable at the grass roots, dejected at the middle strata and out of control at the top.”

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

China Ratchets Up Aggression

Unlike in democracies, where politicians vying for office first introduce themselves to their constituents, China‘s leaders take a rather different approach. Only after the Chinese Communist Party has chosen its top leader in secret does he begin the process of “introducing” himself to the people. The newly enthroned general secretary Xi Jinping has been busy firing corrupt officials, visiting factories and military leaders, boarding a battleship to dine with sailors. And in the process he has been defining his mission, which he calls “the great revival of the Chinese nation“. To the world outside the goal of national revival looks more like an irredentist mission that challenges the resolve of its neighbours.

Read Here – The Times of India

A Mealy-Mouthed New Biography Goes Immorally Easy On The “Great Helmsman.

No one in the 20th century was responsible for more deaths than Mao Zedong (1893-1976), chairman of the Chinese Communist Party; not Lenin, Stalin or even Hitler. The sheer size of China meant that Mao’s vicious, carefully premeditated policies led to more death, starvation, suffering and bloodshed than the work of anyone else in history’s most cataclysmic century. We need to understand him for that reason but also because, with China poised to outstrip the United States in gross domestic product in the next decade or so, it is incumbent on us to get a sense of China’s modern founder.

Read Here – Wall Street Journal

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