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Xi Jinping could now rule China for life—just what Deng Xiaoping tried to prevent

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There have been two transformational leaders in China since Mao Zedong ruled the country with an iron fist. One was Deng Xiaoping, the paramount leaderRead full story

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  • Ian Myers
    Ian MyersFounder at Country House Enterprises

    A bleak day, but an eventuality that has been a long time coming. Xi has been laying the groundwork for the next five decades of Chinese power, there’s no way he would step aside in 2022.

    We are in new territory after this move. Never before has a centralized, authoritarian regime been as sophisticated and omnipresent as Xi’s government. Many of my Chinese friends are deeply troubled by this news, but action (for those willing to take it) is limited. In China, even the freedom of the internet is

    A bleak day, but an eventuality that has been a long time coming. Xi has been laying the groundwork for the next five decades of Chinese power, there’s no way he would step aside in 2022.

    We are in new territory after this move. Never before has a centralized, authoritarian regime been as sophisticated and omnipresent as Xi’s government. Many of my Chinese friends are deeply troubled by this news, but action (for those willing to take it) is limited. In China, even the freedom of the internet is at the mercy of his censors.

    For decades the Chinese people sacrificed individual liberties in pursuit of economic liberation and upward mobility. With the economy slowing down, a tipping point might emerge with the people showing less tolerance and demanding more freedoms. Here is where we would normally see a forced regime change.

    I would like to be optimistic, but Xi’s grip on power is so strong, it is unlikely.

  • Fi Fi
    Fi Fi

    How is this a surprise? There were red flags everywhere 🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳

  • Sopiea Mitchell
    Sopiea MitchellCEO at 3toZEN

    With China’s state media having incessantly touted the supremacy of the Chinese Communist Party and President Xi Jinping being referred to as their core leader, this news should come as no surprise for anyone. He will be the most powerful man at a time when China is a great power in the world. I guess this means there will be no sign of abating of human rights’ violation in China any time soon. This is unfortunate.

  • It’s striking that a leader can assert such authority in the age of free access to information. I predict outward migration and a brain drain and capital drain for those who are not in favor of this regime or of great authoritarianism. They can vote with their feet and their capital.

  • kansas ball
    kansas ball

    hi

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