Tag Archives: Xi Jinping

China’s current great leader

7 Apr

Evan Osnos of the New Yorker has this indepth story of Chinese leader Xi Jinping, detailing his humble past, his rise, and his reign as the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao, though not necessarily in a good way. It’s an interesting piece which paints him as a formidable leader with a humble past during which his father experienced political persecution and Xi was sent to a rural village as a teen. Xi has not been shy in exercising his power, carrying out a protracted anti-corruption crackdown whilst also increasing censorship and arrests of activists, among other things.

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Xi’s reign at one year, China 105 years ago, and Taiwan’s Chinese music industry

12 Mar

Xi Jinping has been in power for one year and his reign is already noteworthy for the ongoing crackdown on corruption and official extravagance, as well as projecting a more people-friendly image. However not everything is all bright and sunshine since crackdown on public criticism has also continued and media and political freedoms have not been increased.

Take a look at China from over 100 years ago in 1909 in these photos of people, cities and scenery.

Taiwan is on top of the Chinese music scene, but can it maintain its success?

The First Lady, and a nostalgic expat

19 Mar

Peng Liyuan, Xi Jinping’s wife, is a famous singer and celebrity in China who often performs at major state galas, so it’s obvious she stands out from former Chinese first ladies (excepting Madam Mao, a former actress and Madame Chiang- Soong Meiling). The question is can she continue to be a celebrity, or will she have to stay out of the public eye? If the former, as this writer believes, it might help make the Chinese regime seem more accessible to the masses. Xi himself appears to be doing some good public relations from recent events, which is in line with his down-to-earth image.

On a different topic, this is a fine, thoughtful article written by an American author about her China experience as an expat, and how her journey and hopes for the country unfolded. She talks about how attached she became to China, envisioning a long life living and working there, and eventually how she came to grips with leaving it. Any China expat or anyone with an interest in China should read this.

Xi, Hu, and Wen

14 Mar

Xi Jinping was officially confirmed today as China’s president, and with that, here’re some photos of Xi in his early days, no doubt carefully selected but still worth a look. There’s a few photos of him as a young university student and with his family. I must say, he’s got some big smiles in most of them, which suggest he’s truly jollier and down-to-earth than other Chinese leaders such as his immediate predecessor.

BBC has a decent article about China’s departing leaders Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao, the ex-Premier. What did they do, it asks. On the surface, this might seem easy to say as the two didn’t exactly oversee any spectacular achievements. But they did oversee a growing economy that saw GDP per capita grow more than fourfold and weathered the 2008 financial crisis, a spectacular 2008 Beijing Olympics, and significant strides in ties with Taiwan. No doubt, there were some negatives as well, such as growing socioeconomic inequality and a reduction in personal freedoms. I do agree with the article’s conclusion- it is still too early to draw a conclusion as the results of their rule will be seen in the following years.