into Xi Jinping’s tenure as China’s president, many analysts consider
him to be the most powerful leader since Deng Xiaoping, the man who
oversaw China’s opening to the world and its market-oriented policies
after the chaos of the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution. Roderick
MacFarquhar, a scholar of elite Communist Party politics at Harvard
University, goes one step further. Mr. Xi, he says, is the most powerful
Chinese leader since Chairman Mao Zedong, the “Great Helmsman” who
declared the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949 and was worshiped
almost as a god by millions of fanatical Red Guards.
Yet for all of Mr.
Xi’s personal power, his campaign against corruption is fraught with
danger, putting at risk the future of the Communist Party he is
determined to save, Professor MacFarquhar said in a recent talk at the University of Hong Kong. In an interview, he explained why.”
For more, see Michael Forsythe, “Q. and A.:” Roderick MacFarquhar on Xi Jinping’s High-Risk Campaign to Save the Communist Party,” The New York Times (30 Jan 2015)
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