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We should not view China’s Xi as omnipotent and unassaible

First published: Financial Times 10/03/2018

Xi Jinping is the most powerful leader since Mao Zedong. Western media proclaim him as the new dictator or emperor, holding court in China and further afield. He is certainly powerful, but we should be careful not to make another error of extrapolation. Many assumed in the past that engagement with China would turn it into a liberal state. To assume now that Mr Xi is omnipotent and unassailable would also be a mistaken way to think about China’s future…..Read on….