With his trip to Shenzhen and other places in southern China, Xi Jinping, the new leader of China’s Communist Party, has all but declared himself to be a reformer in the vein of Deng Xiaoping.
Chinese politics is always full of signs, symbols, and suggestions. After a year characterized by a confusing mix of “signs of reform” and “signs that reformists are losing,” it is easy to wonder if these signs are real or just Rorschach Tests for China analysts? Xi Jinping’s weekend visit to Shenzhen is the first one in a long time for which the answer is absolutely clear: This is the real deal.
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