IS XI’S NEW ‘CORE’ STATUS A SIGN OF STRENGTH, OR WEAKNESS?
President Xi Jinping seems to monopolise the top news items every day. Even on the odd days when Xi is absent from public activities, the anchor will invariably lead with Xi’s past instructions and then go on to the relevant news items. Elsewhere, Xi’s news reports or his “golden aphorisms” are always mandatorily set at the very top of social media news apps or home pages of all leading news portals. All these hark back to the era of Mao Zedong whose quotations adorned the front pages of newspapers or led most all articles. Read more