torsdag 19. oktober 2017

Xi Jinping tests eyelids – and bladders – with three-and-a-half hour speech

Some call Xi Jinping  a Chinese Putin. Others a 21st-century Mao. On Wednesday morning he was China’s  Hugo Chávez, testing his comrades’ eyelids – and their bladders – with a three-and-a-half hour, 65-page sermon in which he outlined his brave new vision for the Communist party, and the world.

“The Chinese dream is a dream about history, the present and the future,” Xi declared towards the end of his unexpectedly long-winded address to the opening of China’s 19th party congress. By the conclusion of this eastern answer to Aló Presidente! more than a few of Xi’s audience appeared to have entered a dreamlike state.